VICTORY over Everton tonight will see Tottenham Hotspur draw level on points with Manchester United, in second place, in the Premier League table and will provide another shot of the "belief" that manager Harry Redknapp stated on Tuesday has made all the difference to this campaign.
Belief and the addition of “one or two” players last August. The arrival of Scott Parker — a “no brainer” Redknapp said — and the loan signing of Emmanuel Adebayor, along with holding onto Luka Modric, has transformed this Tottenham side into increasingly tempting outside bets for the title although the manager is well aware of the dangerous assumption that they are almost shoo-ins for the Champions League.
Still, a win tonight, their game in hand after the postponement of the fixture on the opening day of the season, because of the riots, and Spurs’s advantage over fifth-placed Arsenal will swell to a daunting nine points with 18 games to go. It really would be time to believe then.
Given that the January transfer window is open, there is also now a debate at the club as to whether another “one or two” signings this month might not only cement that top-four finish but place further pressure on United and league leaders Manchester City, with both clubs facing their own personnel problems.
“I think they know that we are there or thereabouts,” Redknapp acknowledged. “Fergie will look at it and say ‘they are going well’. He is not disrespectful to write us off completely. It will be difficult for us to finish above them or Man City. But you just never know, do you?”
It may well have been a statement he has run past Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and Redknapp confirmed his interest in the Marseille striker — and right-sided forward — Loic Remy while reiterating that he is monitoring Bolton defender Gary Cahill, who is in talks with Chelsea, and Blackburn’s Christopher Samba.