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Anderton predicts top four challenge

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Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Darren Anderton believes the club are capable of finishing in the top four this season.

After a baptism of fire in the Barclays Premier League this term, Harry Redknapp's side find themselves bottom of the Barclays Premier League table after defeats against Manchester United and Manchester City in their first two matches of the season.

However, Anderton believes it's far too early to write off Spurs' chances of finishing in the Champions League, and thinks the player's brought into the club during the final days of the transfer window will strengthen their challenge considerably.

"I think Scott Parker from West Ham is a great signing. The Manchester City game highlighted just how much they needed a player like that, to play in the sitting role in midfield," Anderton told Sporsvibe.

"Harry played (Luka) Modric and (Niko) Kranjcar together in the middle of the park against City, and they got completely overrun. What they were asked to do was probably alien to them, in terms of defending, those players want to get on the ball and be creative. Spurs needed to bring in a player like Scott Parker who will sit in-front of the back four and is great at protecting the ball."

"I think Adebayor is going to be a very important player. It will be interesting to see how quickly he settles, with (Peter) Crouch moving to Stoke. I don't think there will be any pressure on him with his Arsenal links, he has come from a loan spell at Real Madrid, a top club with pressure to perform every week.


 

A return to the top four certain to be the north London side's priority this term, despite the distraction of the Europa League to contend with.

Whilst United and City appear to be the teams to beat at the very top of the table, the ex-England international believes Tottenham sit amongst two other teams in the battle for Europe's top table, with a notable omission for the club's great rival.

"I think they can get back into those top four places, but it will be very tough. Manchester United and Manchester City look like the two strongest teams at the moment," he concluded.

"You then of course have Chelsea followed by Liverpool and Spurs in my opinion, but we'll see, I think it will be very difficult.

"It'll be interesting to see how seriously they take the Europa League, there is no doubt about it, the Champions League definitely affected the league form after Christmas."

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