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5 reasons why Tottenham Hotspur are early favourites to win Premier League in 2017/18

Scott Newman
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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his sides first goal with his Tottenham Hotspur team mates during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on April 30, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Tottenham seem to have secured second place this season – can they go one better in 2017/18?

After their loss to West Ham last Friday and Chelsea’s subsequent victory over Middlesbrough on Monday, it’s pretty safe to say that Tottenham Hotspur probably won’t be winning the Premier League this season. Second place – which is all but guaranteed now – is an improvement on last season’s third-place finish, though.

The question then turns to whether Spurs can sustain a title push next season and actually win the league. I think the answer is yes, and I also think you can make a case for them as early favourites for the Premier League title in 2017/18. Here are five reasons why.

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STRATFORD, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur directs his players during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Stratford, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
2017/18 will be the fourth season under Mauricio Pochettino

2017/18 will mark Mauricio Pochettino’s fourth season in charge of Spurs and since he got to grips with the club pretty early on in his reign, little has changed. Pochettino’s key players remain largely the same – Hugo Lloris in goal, Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli the key midfielders, and of course Harry Kane up front scoring the goals. A handful of players have come and gone but for the most part, it’s a steady ship at Tottenham.

The same can’t be said for Tottenham’s Premier League rivals. Chelsea have all but won the title this year but there’s already talk of them potentially losing key players Diego Costa and Eden Hazard in the summer, and whispers also of Antonio Conte returning to his native Italy.

Pep Guardiola has a lot of work to do at Manchester City judging from the side’s performances this season and a lot of talk seems to involve him basically rebuilding the squad entirely. Manchester United remain in flux under Jose Mourinho, with a full squad rebuild needed there too, and Arsenal may well be facing the end of the Arsene Wenger era.

Liverpool are in a similar boat to Spurs, but I’d argue Jurgen Klopp’s side are a couple of steps behind Pochettino’s at the minute. With all this considered, Spurs seem to be the steadiest side with the strongest foundations going into 2017/18, which can only be a good thing.

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