Tottenham have enjoyed a fine season and currently sit in second place behind Chelsea in what has been an enthralling title race. Manchester United’s recent win over Chelsea also puts Spurs just four points from the summit.
Tottenham are arguably playing the most aesthetically pleasing football this term and this is shown in an impressive goal difference of +46 compared to leaders Chelsea’s +38.
However, Spurs are at their best due to an English core of players that have been playing the north Londoners into this position.
They may not be the first team you think of as title challengers but Mauricio Pochettino has built a formidable outfit around a core of English talent.
In Eric Dier they have a very solid central midfielder who has an arsenal of attacking weapons that should frighten the rest of the Premier League.
Firstly his set-piece ability can itself be a weapon, add into that his vision, which is something that is possibly unique to him after the time he spent with Sporting Lisbon. Dier’s ability to have the right idea and execute that idea is such a valuable asset for the White Hart Lane club to have.
In front of him is the most gifted attacking midfielder in the Premier League. Dele Alli is an unbelievable talent – his link between attack and defence is brilliant and he connects these two units with his passing game and movement.
Alli gets the ball into areas that Spurs can attack from, he creates space and opens holes for the strikers to run into. His work rate is on another level, and since he has moved into a more attacking role his game has evolved. The 21-year-old has become more creative and more inventive, he is the player making Spurs tick in attack.
The next Tottenham star who could benefit England for years to come is Harry Kane, with the London native having netted 20 times this season in 24 starts. That strike rate is phenomenal, and at just 23 he is fast becoming one of the most deadly finishers in the world.
Kane can finish with either foot while his power also sees him able to play the target man role with balls being floated into the box for him to head home.
They say you don’t win anything with kids, but Spurs are on the brink of proving everyone wrong. The new kids on the block are well and truly in the hunt for the Premier League.
England boss Gareth Southgate now has this embarrassment of riches from Spurs and a core from which he can build a stronger England team.
If Southgate can follow the Tottenham blueprint with these young stars there is no reason England can’t be competitive at the World Cup in Russia next year.
Fred Blagden, Pundit Arena