Retired Tottenham midfielder Glenn Hoddle expressed his belief to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast that Tottenham Hotspur can launch another title bid.
Hoddle joined the Lilywhites as an apprentice in 1974 and was at the club for 13 years, before joining AS Monaco. He later returned to the club as a manager in a stint, which lasted just over two seasons.
Last season saw Tottenham launch an unexpected title bid as the pressured the eventual champions Leicester for majority of the campaign. However a poor run of form towards the end of the season saw them pick up only two points from the 12 at hand, including a 5-1 thrashing at relegated side Newcastle on the last day of the season. The result in Tyne and Wear saw the Lilywhites finish a disappointing third below rivals Arsenal.
Lessons were learnt but they can only improve
Hoddle, however, expressed his confidence in his former club. He admitted that “There’s six or seven teams who think they can win the league” before adding that, “Spurs will be one of them.” The Englishman further commented that “they will have learnt a lot” from the previous campaign, especially from “the experience of losing their heads at the wrong time” but he believes that he can’t see “any reason why they can’t challenge again”.
Spurs have a young squad, with an average age of 24.9, and Hoddle suggested that it “doesn’t need massive changes” and Pochettino seems to be thinking along the same lines as Spurs have brought in only two players so far this window in the form of striker Vincent Janssen and midfielder Victor Wanyama, both who are likely to only act as cover for current players.
Tottenham open the new season at Goodison Park as they face Everton on the 13th of August.