By Russell Edge

24th Dec, 2017 | 5:20pm

Souness blasts Tottenham excuses after 'disappointing' season, raves over summer signing

Former Liverpool and Newcastle manager Graeme Souness has blasted the excuses made for Tottenham’s disappointing Premier League campaign and worries they will miss out on the top four this season.

Spurs came into the current campaign after finishing as runners up to a resurgent Chelsea side last season, which was their second consecutive fight for the Premier League title.

However they have failed to live up to the same heights this season, despite at one point being level on points with second place, and go into Christmas sitting in fifth, eight points off Manchester United who sit where Spurs finished in May.

Much has been made over their temporary home of Wembley, using the national stadium as construction takes place on their new stadium, while they have suffered a series of critical injuries, including the likes of Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld.

However Souness is not buying the excuses being made, insisting the club’s failings lie at their reluctance to spend in the summer transfer window, although he has been thoroughly impressed with record breaking capture Davinson Sanchez.

Writing in his blog for the Times, he said: “Two of the big guys are going to miss out on the top four.

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“Tottenham have been disappointing after finishing second last season.

“They’ve the ready-made excuses of not playing at White Hart Lane and an injury to Toby Alderweireld, but everybody else tried to strengthen and they didn’t.

“Signing Fernando Llorente from Swansea is not going to move them from second to first, but I rate Davinson Sanchez.”

Spurs will look to close the gap on their top four rivals with victory over Southampton on boxing day, which will be Harry Kane’s last chance to break the 22-year record for most league goals in a calendar year set by Premier League legend Alan Shearer, after going level on 36 goals with a hat trick against Burnley.

In other Tottenham news, this star man is set to miss the club’s clash with Southampton after an official charge.

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