At the beginning of October, following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher criticised former team Liverpool for "becoming Tottenham" - a club who believe themselves to be bigger and better than they are.
Spurs have failed to qualify for the Champions League since 2011 and in the past three seasons have missed out on regaining a place in Europe’s largest domestic competition.
Since the departure of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric to Real Madrid, progression at the club has faltered.
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However, the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as manager and the misfortunes of clubs around them have provided the north London side with a very good chance of a top four finish.
Liverpool are undergoing transition after Jurgen Klopp replaced the recently sacked Rodgers, even despite their thumping victory over Manchester City on Saturday, and current champions Chelsea sit 15th in the table with just 14 points.
It was just two seasons ago Tottenham invested over £100 million on eight players, of which many were deemed as flops.
Christian Eriksen was one of such signings, though he can comfortably be labelled a rose amongst thorns.
The 23-year-old was bought from Dutch champions Ajax for a bargain total of £11.5 million in 2013 and was the only signing to make an instant impact and display his qualities.
Since then, Eriksen has blossomed into one of the Premier League's most creative players due in no small part to the emergence of local lad Harry Kane.
The pair have developed a solid understanding and their playing styles seem to complement one another nicely; Eriksen feeds Kane, Kane fires home.
These two, along with goalkeeper and club captain, Hugo Lloris, can carry Spurs to a top four finish.
Spurs are unbeaten all season in the league and have picked up points against Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton and, most impressively, against Manchester City in a 4-1 win. Pochettino has formed a strong, youthful squad that seems to have gelled quicker than anyone could have imagined.
Therefore, it seems Carragher could well come to eat his words like so many pundits have. Whilst Tottenham might not be as big as the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs, they're certainly a side that the Premier League's elite must be wary of.
Optimism is filtering through the stands of White Hart Lane and anything but a top four finish this season would be a disappointment.News Now - Sport News