Former England international and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Darren Anderton believes that his old club will finish above title rivals Arsenal and Liverpool this season.
“I think Tottenham will finish in the top four and it’s important for them to attract the very top players. Man United and Man City have spent a lot of money along with Chelsea, but I feel that Arsenal and Liverpool won’t finish in the top four this year,” he told sportingbet.
“Over the last two years Tottenham have been the most consistent team in the league and that’s why Manchester United under Ferguson were so special, they were consistently fighting for the title every season.
“They have to get that habit of winning games and nicking late goals to show that they can win the league.”
Anderton has also swatted away claims that Wembley will be an issue for his old side this season.
“The pitch size at Wembley should be a positive for Tottenham, not a negative,” he explained. “It can be very energy-sapping but Spurs have a fitter team than any other in the league so it shouldn’t be a problem. You should see the team excel in the last phases of the game. But you’re lacking the atmosphere that White Hart Lane had, you simply cannot replicate that.
“I don’t believe in the Wembley curse – Tottenham’s group in last years champions league turned out to be much more difficult than expected, with people not knowing just what a good team Monaco were. It’s important for Tottenham to get that first win and stop people from talking about their form at Wembley. I’m sure that’s on the player’s minds.
“With the quality that Spurs have, they need a good home record this season if they are to go one better and that starts with Burnley this weekend. If they don’t win that, then you start to wonder if it’s an issue.
“It won’t get easier for Spurs, players will see the game against Tottenham at Wembley and be more up for it than they would any other game, players love the chance to play at Wembley – not just because it’s Wembley but because it won’t be as intimidating as White Hart Lane, so players will have more confidence.”