Tottenham Hotspur’s impressive run under Ange Postecoglou continues this season, keeping them in contention for a coveted Champions League spot and possibly more.
Currently occupying the 5th position in the Premier League table with 44 points, Spurs are just on the cusp of the top four, trailing 4th-placed Aston Villa by a mere 2 points and their North London rivals Arsenal by 5 points.
Former Villa striker turned pundit, Gabriel Agbonlahor, weighed in on the race for the fourth spot in the English top flight.
While Liverpool, Manchester City, and Arsenal are considered contenders for the title, Agbonlahor believes Tottenham or Aston Villa could disrupt the status quo with a strong performance in the second half of the season.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Agbonlahor expressed his opinion, favouring Ange Postecoglou’s side to clinch the fourth spot over his former club.
Agbonlahor acknowledged the challenges both teams face but highlighted Tottenham’s potential, particularly with the return of key players like Bissouma, Son, and Maddison.
“It’s going to come down to injury, fatigue, playing in Europe, Spurs aren’t playing in Europe, it’s going to help them. Both cups, we have got extra games, replay on Wednesday against them Chelsea at home, still in the Europa Conference League.
“Some of these players have looked tired in recent weeks, they need a little bit of a rest, that’s what they had, with that January rest they had.
“I think they can, but I think they will miss out to Spurs. I do think once Bissouma and Son are back, you have got Maddison in there as well. I just think Spurs will get that fourth place. I think Villa will finish fifth, though.”
Despite contending with injuries, suspensions, and player absences due to international duties this season, Tottenham Hotspur have managed to successfully keep themselves in the race for the top 4.
The acquisitions of Timo Werner and Radu Dragusin in the previous month, along with the return of James Maddison and Son Heung-min, combined with Richarlison’s exceptional performances, have positioned the North London club to potentially finish above Aston Villa and even challenge for the title.