Whether you are a fan of the lads from White Hart Lane or not their achievement is none the less worthy of plaudits from everyone.
As Spurs fans recover from a well earned hangover after last night’s crucial win at Eastlands its worth doffing a collective hat to the north London club. Its easy to forget that when Harry Redknapp arrived at the club they were having their worst season in living memory but now just 18 months later he has led them to a top four finish that not even the most optimistic fan could have hoped for.
In many ways what the former Pompey manager did was straightforward. He did what every Tottenham fan wanted, and I know from talking to far too many of them, he got rid of the average to poor players and brought in some truly inspired signings and some bargain buys.
Arguably the north London club now has one of the best squads in the Premier League, and one of the best they have ever had. Strength in depth was key to the club’s success this term. Back up players who can do a good job rather than replacements who you just hope never see the light of day.
The introduction of great flair players like Niko Kranjcar and determined battlers like Wilson Palacios filled the gaps at the club and the likes of Heurelho Gomes and Gareth Bale proved what they are capable of, going from flops who appeared to be on their way out to becoming crucial cogs in Redknapp’s Spurs wheel.
Even the loss of Aaron Lennon for the best part of four months, an event that would dampen any side, did not prove disastrous. There was no weak link in the line up and any loss of form or injury concern was remedied by the introduction of another member of a White Hart Lane squad playing to their full potential.
So lets toast to the perennial under achievers for taking a valuable step from cup favourites to top four side and kudos for ending a four year spell of domination from the usual suspects.