Consistency is key
Despite Spurs suffering their own inconsistency, it seems that everyone around them are struggling with the ability to string a decent run of form and results together.
Tottenham have hardly set the world alight in recent games, but over the last seven matches only WBA and Liverpool have accumulated more points of the teams that are expected to battle for the places just below the Manchester's. With just over a third of the season completed, I thought I would take the points totals from the last seven Premiership games to see how Spurs compare with their rivals and what we need to do to head the bunch of the best of the rest to achieve a successful season.
Over the last seven games, WBA justify their lofty position with 12 points from a potential 2, and all their points came from a run of four straight wins prior to their loss at Swansea in mid-week. All expectation is that they like Newcastle last season will struggle to maintain their early season form due to a lack of squad depth, but already, should we be too fearful that the most consistent of our rivals are not doing much better that we are.
Just for the record, WBA have 12 points from their last seven Prem games, Liverpool have 10, Spurs and Arsenal have 9, Everton and West Ham have 8 and Chelsea have managed a mere seven points, which is nearer relegation form than title winning. Based on those
stats, you feel that Spurs have the potential to really push on, if they can get something significant from their next two games. Fulham and Everton are hardly easy and we could easily find ourselves to the bottom of this list as much as we could at the top, but what an opportunity to get ourselves right in the mix and make a statement of intent, should we manage to get four points of more, though perhaps even gaining two draws would hardly be seen as a negative.
Clearly you see that a teams quality and strength in depth are keys to how they do over a season, but in an era, when it seems that any side can beat anyone else, I think that the team that manages to achieve the desired consistency over the remaining twenty-five games will be the one that beats the rest of the chasing pack.
Of those teams, there have to be question marks over WBA and Everton's strength in depth, whilst West Ham have punched way above their weight and you feel their start is rather flattering compared with their general ability. Chelsea and Arsenal are certainly good enough and are probably the teams we have to beat, but Arsenal seems to be in a downward decline and Chelsea determined to implode. Perhaps Liverpool and Spurs are two sides that you feel are heading in the right direction and perhaps with greater cohesion and understanding of their new managers demands, could improve both in terms of performance and results. question is, whether that will be sufficient to finish in the top four remains a big question...