talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham has issued a grave warning to Tottenham fans ahead of their final eight games in the Premier League this season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men suffered another setback at the weekend, losing 2-1 at Southampton despite dominating the strugglers during the first half of the match.
It leaves Spurs 13 points off Premier League leaders Manchester City and has seen them get sucked into the battle for the Champions League spots instead, as they are only three points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United.
Durham was touting Spurs as potential title winners before their trip to Burnley on February 23. However, the Clarets won that game and Spurs have failed to win in the league in their three games since.
And on Monday’s edition of Drivetime, Durham said how Spurs’ hopes of finishing in the top four should be treated as a ‘massive concern’.
Durham said: “Spurs for me are in deep trouble in terms of making the top four.
“Ok, here’s the thing. They’ve lost nine games, nine Premier League games this season. Only three times in ten years has a side lost ten games and made the top four.
“Nobody has made the top four losing more than ten games in that time and they’ve [Spurs] still got to go to Manchester City and Liverpool!
“I know they’re in there for the moment, I know they’ve been there for most of the season, but I can’t see them doing it!
“They lost at Burnley and Southampton and that’s why they’ve gone from potentially the title race to potentially being outside of the top four and it’s a massive concern.”
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There was some good news for Spurs last week, after the club revealed they want their first game at their new stadium to be held on April 3 against Crystal Palace.
However, the moving in date is subject to Brighton winning their FA Cup match on March 17 so it’s still not clear when it will happen.
And Durham labelled the news as ‘such a Spursy announcement’ before referring to how the club’s lack of signings in recent times has led to their recent downturn in form.
He added: “They issued a statement about the new stadium on Friday but we didn’t know the opposition for their first game and we didn’t know the date.
“It was such a Spursy announcement! It’s unbelievable.
“And actually I think the excitement about the new stadium is waning massively because the form on the pitch is so terrible.
“Spurs in that new stadium cannot afford Europa League football, they cannot afford to be in the Europa League, they have to be in the Champions League.
“It’s a massive concern but this is where Spurs fans were saying ‘the squad’s fine, the XI is fine, everything is going to be alright because Poch [Mauricio Pochettino] is in charge’, this is where your lack of signings over the last two windows is coming home to roost!”
Pochettino was then put in Durham’s firing line, with the Drivetime host questioning recent comments the Argentine has been making.
Durham said: “What’s an even bigger concern is Pochettino’s comments afterwards. I think he’s so veiled and unclear in what he’s saying.
“He’s clearly not happy but is it with the board, his players, with his own situation? Why doesn’t he just come out and clearly say to the fans ‘this is exactly what I’m unhappy with…be clear Pochettino!’”