Manchester United failings mean Tottenham can make big statement

Although winning major silverware is Mauricio Pochettino’s number one aim at Tottenham Hotspur, finishing second in the Premier League this season is still in the club’s sights.

While becoming English champions for the first time since 1961 remains the ultimate goal, ending the campaign as runners-up would be an excellent result also.

Manchester United’s defeat to Brighton on Friday night leaves the race for second open and should Tottenham win their remaining three games, they have a chance of leapfrogging Jose Mourinho’s side.

A third-placed finish will be assured if a maximum nine points are recorded and this could be enough to go one spot higher if United lose to West Ham or Watford.

There is so much talk of progression in modern football and for the Tottenham project to move to the next stage, silverware is needed.

While this won’t happen this season, a second-placed finish, taking into account the form of Manchester City and Spurs’ exploits in Europe, must be categorised as a successful campaign.

The performance in beating Watford on Monday night was decidedly flat and it is natural that motivation levels are low after FA Cup elimination.

Many of the players will also have one eye on the World Cup – but Pochettino must get his side up for today’s clash against West Brom.

A win, and the chance of getting past United to finish second, isn’t the same as winning silverware but it should be motivation nonetheless.