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23rd Dec, 2016 | 11:55am

Sky Sports pundit: This is why Tottenham will only progress in the future

By Harvey Byrne

Sky Sports pundit Steve Howey believes that Tottenham’s future is looking “very bright.”

The north London club finished in third place in the last campaign, marking their highest ever finish since 1990.

This has led Spurs to hand a number of their first team players with new long-term contracts with the most recent being captain Hugo Lloris on Thursday.

Tottenham are currently lower in the league than their finish last season in fifth, but former England international Howey believes that they will only progress in the future, highlighting the young players and manager Mauricio Pochettino.

“I think it’s looking bright, very bright indeed,” said Howey on Friday morning’s Premier League Daily show.

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“As Danny (Higginbotham) said, they’re a very young team and the experience that they gained last year, where they should have gained second spot.

“I think in the dressing room, when you know that your teammates are settled and that everyone’s going to be there for a number of years then everyone starts to become a little more confident.

“You’ve got a manager that’s signed a new contract as well and I think the future for Tottenham looks absolutely fantastic. Great young players, excellent manager and for me I can only see them going one way and that’s up.”

Tottenham finished in sixth under Tim Sherwood the season before Pochettino took over in 2014.

However, the Argentinian has been highly successful in his two years in charge with a fifth and third place finish.

He himself will be keen for his personal progression with the club to continue and with just four points separating them from Liverpool in second they are still on course to finish in a higher position.

Spurs do have a difficult run of fixtures coming up though, with away clashes at Southampton and Watford before an encounter at White Hart Lane with league leaders Chelsea.

In other Tottenham news, a Sky Sports predictor has ranked Spurs’ top four hopes.