Tottenham’s “lack of winners” could cost them the chance of winning their first Premier League title this season, according to former centre-back Sol Campbell.
Spurs moved up into third place following Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Norwich and now sit just five points behind league leaders Leicester City.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost just three league games all season, however, Campell remains unconvinced that they will be able to last the distance.
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Writing in his latest blog for Sportlobster the former Spurs captain said: "Tottenham have been very impressive of late, but I think the same can be said of Spurs as that of Leicester - experience under pressure could be key to success.
"The last eight to 10 games of the season are when you really find out who you are as a player, team and a club as a whole.
"At the moment they are going along fantastically well and you have to say they have given themselves a chance of winning the Premier League, but they don't have a lot of winners in their team.
"By that I mean they don't have players who have experienced success in a league of this quality.
"They are a young side with a lot of talent, but they might lack a player who has 'been there, done that', the sort of player who will keep everyone calm, focused and believing that anything is possible."
Is he right?
Though Campbell’s opinions will undoubtedly cause a stir amongst the White Hart Lane faithful, due to his infamous departure from the club to join bitter rivals Arsenal in 2001, the former England international may have a point.
The former defender was a key member of Arsenal's title-winning teams of 2002 and 2004, however, both sides were able to rely on the experience of seasoned winners such as Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira, who had both won the Premier League in 1998.
In comparison, much of Spurs’ success this season has been built on a core of Toby Alderwereld, aged 26, Harry Kane, aged 22, and, youngest, of all 19-year-old Dele Alli.
Since signing from MK Dons last January - he was subsequently loaned back for the rest of last season - the young midfielder has established himself as the breakthrough player of the season, scoring seven goals and providing four assists in the league.
However, Campbell urged Tottenham and England fans alike not to get carried away with the youngster.
"He (Alli) does look a real prospect, but it is very early stages for him," added Campbell, the holder of 73 England caps.
"I don't really want to know about a player until five or six years down the line and I can see their consistency.
"Anyone can have a good season or two - I want to see five, 10, 15 years of quality from a player to be able to call him 'world class'."
Mindful of former teammates whose star shone all too briefly in the Premier League, such as Jose Antonio Reyes, Campell warned: "We have seen players light up this league before for two or three years and then drop off and fade away.
"I am not saying Dele Alli will do that, but he needs to keep going. Hopefully, he has a good mentality that will allow him to have the same sort of career (Steven) Gerrard and (Frank) Lampard enjoyed in the Premier League.
"It would, of course, be great for England if he could."
Next up for Pochettino's side is Saturday's home fixture against an in-form Watford side.
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