Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 31 May 2016

Biting Back: Spurs are a club that flatters to deceive

By Steven Beacom

Published 30/08/2014

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has made a good start to the season
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has made a good start to the season

Tottenham have won their first four games under new manager Mauricio Pochettino this season – two in the Premier League and two in the Europa League.

The opposition in both competitions has been poor, but still, good for you Spurs.

I don't support the boys from White Hart Lane, but I've no great dislike for them either which probably stems from the club's desire to play football in an entertaining and enterprising fashion.

It's called the Tottenham way.

Also, they've had some wonderful players and high class individuals when you think about it.

Growing up, Glenn Hoddle was a joy to watch. I always admired club stalwarts Gary Mabbutt and Stevie Perryman and, of course, there was Gazza, who for my money played his best football in a Spurs shirt.

Before them Tottenham had two of our greatest football heroes, Danny Blanchflower and Pat Jennings, plus the brilliant Dave Mackay and breathtaking Jimmy Greaves.

Yep, over the years Spurs have been a pretty special outfit.

Not so much nowadays, though there is growing hope among their fans that Pochettino is the man to take them back to the glory, glory days.

Sorry to burst the bubble. Not going to happen.

Tottenham, who last savoured league title success over half a century ago and haven't lifted the FA Cup in a year ending with one since the 90s, have long since left the winners' tag behind.

What they are now is a club that flatters to deceive and so it will come to pass this season. You just watch.

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