Tottenham have started the 2013/14 campaign in impressive style.
Out of the last seven Premier League games, they've won four, drawn one and lost two. They bought a number of high-quality signings after cashing in on Gareth Bale, but now the question on everyone's lips is: are they title contenders?
My answer to this question: yes.
I believe Tottenham have strength in depth and are very strong in every position. A solid goalkeeper in French stopper Hugo Lloris; a consistently impressive defence, with the pace of Danny Rose and Kyle Walker as full-backs; Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen at centre-back; a solid midfield with many options, with any two of Etienne Capoue, Sandro, Paulinho or Mousa Dembélé being able to dominant the centre of the park; either pace on the wings with the likes of Andros Townsend, Aaron Lennon and Erik Lamela, or a more creative role filled comfortably by Christian Eriksen or Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Tottenham have shown great form by achieving 13 points out of a potential 21 at the start of the season, with a number of clean sheets, proving strength in attack and defence. These have been replicated in the Europa League and the Capital One Cup too, with 5-0, 3-0, 3-0 and 2-0 victories, and a 4-0 victory, to show respectively. That's 17 goals in five games, admittedly against weaker opposition - but an impressive statistic nonetheless.
A recent 3-0 home loss to West Ham is a concern, but I blame that on complacency, from a squad yet to fully gel - but it is a squad full of confidence, perhaps showing why they let out guard down against arguably 'weaker' opponents.
If this continues it could be a stumbling block for André Villas-Boas's team in their title challenge, but if they gel quickly and get back into winning ways immediately after the international break in an away fixture to Aston Villa (who they've already beaten 4-0 in previously mentioned Capital One Cup game), then they should find their feet.
A crunching couple of weeks sees them face both Manchester teams in a row, which will be the true test of Spurs' title-winning chances. A string of wins and strong performances, added to a fully fit squad, and I see no reason why Spurs cannot easily host a challenge for silverware this season.
If all else fails, and their league form falters, their mind-blowing cup form puts them in good stead for a successful season on that front.
Of course, I can't see Spurs finishing anywhere outside the top four this season; their strength in depth, in my opinion, will be the deciding factor in seeing Tottenham gracefully sweeping the opposition aside to lifting a trophy, and seeing themselves finish comfortably in the Champions League spaces.
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