By Wayne Veysey

8th Jan, 2017 | 3:17pm

Steve Bruce makes huge statement about Tottenham

By Harry Sykes

Steve Bruce has claimed that the current Tottenham team is the best the club have produced in the last 40 years.

The Aston Villa manager made the huge statement as he ran the rule over Mauricio Pochettino’s side, which are on the crest of a wave after five consecutive wins.

Villa are at White Hart Lane on Sunday for an FA Cup third round tie that pits the Championship promotion hopefuls against one of the Premier League’s top sides.

Bruce revealed ahead of the match that he is a massive admirer of Mauricio Pochettino and the team he has assembled at one of English football’s most storied clubs.

“Tottenham are one of my favourite teams now, I have to say,” Bruce said, as quoted by the Sunday Times. “They’re fabulous and five or six of them are English, which is great. It’s a really difficult game for us. This is the best Tottenham team I’ve seen in my 30 or 40 years in the game.

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“They’ve had individuals but never a team like this. Pochettino has done a great job, and he did at Southampton as well.”

Bruce watched Spurs secure a landmark 2-0 Premier League win over Chelsea in midweek to end the remarkable winning run of the leaders.

“Maybe they were too young last year for the title but they were really close and now they’re a year older,” Bruce told the Times. “I just watched in awe, they are fit and energetic.”

Spurs have named a strong side for Sunday match, even though they are playing against Championship opposition.

Pochettino has selected only two of the players who started against Chelsea – stand-in skipper Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld – but the remainder of the team is made up of fringe members of the first-team squad and includes only one teenager in centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers.

In other Tottenham news, the club are close to sealing an attacking midfielder transfer.