Crouch: Spurs are PL title contenders


Former Tottenham striker Peter Crouch believes Jose Mourinho's side have "as good a chance as anyone" of winning the Premier League this season.

It was a crazy opening for the 2020-21 season with five points separating the top 14 teams after six games, and it looks like it's going to be a wide-open title race.

Spurs have seen one of the better teams so far, with Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son attacking, and although Crouch still see Liverpool and Manchester City as favorites, he believes his old club will be up there.


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"It's a crazy league and it feels like anyone can beat anyone right now," said Crouch.

"I would say City and Liverpool are not as strong as they are and other teams have gotten stronger. It definitely has to do with the fact that the fans are not in the ground which leads to strange results and a lot of goals.

"The league is to be won. Can Tottenham win it? I'm not sure but I think they have such good odds
like everyone else.

"City and Liverpool have to be favorites just because they have been the strongest teams in the last three years.


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"People have criticized Mourinho a lot. He seems to be putting a team together and building something back up and you wouldn't leave it behind to win (something).

"Maybe the league might be too much for them, but it would be magical for Tottenham fans to bring the FA Cup home now."

Much of what Tottenham can do this season depends on Harry Kane's ability to continue his season start.

The English captain has scored five goals but has scored eight more impressively as his game evolved as the traditional number nine.


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Crouch is in awe of the player he saw at the London club.

"There are no limits to what this boy can do," added Crouch. "I played with him when he was a little kid at Tottenham and I was on the first team. He always scored goals and was always a finisher."

"He scores every type of goal but when I see him drop deep and make those passes it's just amazing to see and he's become a creator for Son and it's delicious to be there too (Gareth) Bale adds.

"The runs they do are so fast and Kane's ability to find them is just amazing. He sinks deep into his pockets picking passes. He's Tottenham's top scorer and also their best creator."

Spurs borrower Gareth Bale in the stands for their match against Newcastle
Gareth Bale was an unused replacement in Monday's win at Turf Moor

Spurs are already top scorer in the Premier League and Gareth Bale has yet to get on their side to improve his fitness after a disjointed preseason.

"He has to stay tuned, but he's a world class player," said Crouch, who played with Bale in his first game at Tottenham.

"He was electrified at Real Madrid, absolutely incredible. If we get half the player we'll still get a very impressive player and a huge bonus for Tottenham."

"If a player of this caliber feels wanted and is happy on the training ground, you will get a top player."


Steven Gregory