By Will Butcher
Robert Earnshaw believes Tottenham are still capable of winning the Premier League title this season despite being 10 points behind Chelsea.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are outside of the Champions League places in fifth after a mid-season stumble that saw them win just once in 10 league and cup encounters.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Premier League Daily show on Wednesday, Earnshaw believes Tottenham are still “100 per cent” involved in the 2016-17 title race.
“It’s not too far away,” Earnshaw said. “They’re 100% still in the title race, it will be difficult but they’re still in it. I think they’re a good side, they have a good philosophy and I like Pochettino.
“He’s very direct. I like that approach and he’s very ruthless in that he wants his side to play attacking football. They could still do it, but it will be hard.”
London rivals Chelsea have stolen a march on their Premier League opponents after 11 straight league wins that have included triumphs against the likes of Man United, Man City and even Spurs.
However, Tottenham have enjoyed a mini revival after their drop in form which has seen them win three out of their last four domestic encounters.
Wins against Hull, Burnley and Swansea have pushed Spurs to within just one point of north London rivals Arsenal who sit in fourth.
Pochettino and the rest of his side will be hoping to put weight behind Earnshaw’s claims with a win against Southampton on December 28.
Spurs travel to the South Coast to face Claude Puel’s outfit in the knowledge that three points will see them leapfrog the Gunners if Arsene Wenger’s side fail to beat West Brom on Boxing Day.
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