Steven Gerrard gives his verdict on Tottenham chances of establishing a dynasty, praises emerging stars
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Steven Gerrard has claimed Tottenham are far more likely than fellow title chasers Leicester to establish a dynasty of success.
The two clubs are locked in an unexpected two-way title fight but Gerrard is convinced it is a “freak” season and there will not be a repeat of the astonishing rise of Claudio Ranieri’s side.
The former England and Liverpool captain is convinced Spurs have firmer foundations on which to build than Leicester as their emerging team is the youngest in the Premier League.
Leicester are five points ahead of second-placed Tottenham going into their upcoming fixtures, with the Foxes hosting Swansea on Sunday and Spurs at home to West Brom on Monday night.
“Leicester’s players know if they don’t win the title this season, this particular squad will never win it,” wrote Gerrard in his Telegraph column. “Sorry to ditch the romance but there is no doubt in my mind this is a freak year for them and they won’t get so close next season.
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“It would be great for football if they do win it, proving everything is possible and we don’t need to presume the same clubs will share the trophies every year, but let’s not ignore the fact there is going to be major backlash from the rich and powerful to stop it happening again.
“Leicester’s best players will be cherry-picked in the summer, and the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City will come back stronger. It is about grasping the nettle for Claudio Ranieri’s side.
“Tottenham are more likely to sustain an annual challenge because they have such a young, emerging team, but there will still be the same feeling of taking a rare and unexpected opportunity before the usual ‘big four’ rebuild and fight back.
“It has been so long since their club won a league title, they too have a particular pressure on them but they have been chasing all season, never quite having that same level of expectation that comes with being a frontrunner. That has helped them.”
Leicester dropped two points when they drew 2-2 against West Ham last Sunday and had Jamie Vardy sent off, with their leading scorer absent against Swansea and potentially facing an additional one-match ban.
Spurs responded with a resounding 4-0 win at Stoke on Monday night to narrow the gap on the leaders to five points with four matches of the campaign remaining.
In other Tottenham news, there has been a twist in the club’s pursuit of new striker.