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Is Harry Redknapp right… can Tottenham REALLY win the Premier League title?

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One headline that came out of deadline day came in the form of a bold prediction from Harry Redknapp, who confidently backed Tottenham to win the Premier League title this season.

Featuring along his son Jamie on Sky Sports, Redknapp tipped his former club to go all the way this season following their 6-1 mauling of Manchester United.

Redknapp pointed to Spurs’ brilliant bits of business in the transfer window this summer while highlighting the group of players at Jose Mourinho‘s disposal.

Tottenham have been tipped for the title following their emphatic 6-1 win over Manchester Utd

Tottenham have been tipped for the title following their emphatic 6-1 win over Manchester Utd

Ex-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp believes his former club have what it takes to win the league

Ex-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp believes his former club have what it takes to win the league

The 73-year-old also hailed the attacking quality in the side with the goals continuing to flow through Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. And better yet, Gareth Bale is just weeks away from making his second debut for the club – adding further firepower to an already stacked attack.

Some may say that Redknapp’s prediction is a tad reactionary given how early on in the season it is. But he could be on to something.

That being said, the question remains – can Tottenham really go all the way this season and win the their first league title in 50 years? Sportsmail takes a closer look at the arguments that support his audacious prediction.

Strength in depth

It has to be said that Tottenham have recruited brilliantly in the summer transfer window with many problems areas now covered.

Before the window opened, Spurs were in desperate need of a right back following the departure of Kieran Trippier last summer and Kyle Walker-Peters this summer, leaving the problematic Serge Aurier as their only recognised full back on that side.

They also needed a defensive midfielder, a back-up striker to Harry Kane and arguably cover at left-back to take the load off of Ben Davies’ shoulders.

Spurs signed right back Matt Doherty from Wolves

They also brought in defensive midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Spurs signed experienced Premier League duo Matt Doherty (L) and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (R)

And they got exactly that – and more.

Early on in the window, the signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg brought in defensive cover in midfield while his Premier League experience has allowed him to settle in straight away.

Shortly thereafter, Matt Doherty signed from Wolves to provide competition for Aurier at right back while the Irishman is another big piece to Mourinho’s ‘puzzle’ at the club.

The sensational double swoop of Real Madrid duo Sergio Reguilon and Bale left Tottenham fans stunned, before Carlos Vinicius’ arrival from Benfica finally saw the club address the need for a proven striker to play second fiddle to Kane. 

The sensational double swoop of Gareth Bale (R) and Sergio Reguilon (L) left Spurs fans in awe

The sensational double swoop of Gareth Bale (R) and Sergio Reguilon (L) left Spurs fans in awe

Tottenham also signed Carlos Vinicius on loan who comes in as a back-up for Harry Kane

Tottenham also signed Carlos Vinicius on loan who comes in as a back-up for Harry Kane

While they may have missed out on the chance to sign Inter Milan centre back Milan Skriniar, Redknapp insists Spurs could be ‘scary’ having provided cover for every position.

And while their squad will need it considering their fixture list this season, it could just be what Mourinho needs to bring home the gold.

Jose’s second-season syndrome

Speaking of the Special One, history shows that he has an uncanny knack for winning titles in his second season at almost every club he has managed.

His first job at Porto will be a better comparison to his current tenure at Spurs considering he started both roles midway through the season, but the point still stands.

Having guiding the Portuguese club to a third-place finish in his first campaign, he went on to win the Primera League title, the Taca de Portugal and the UEFA Cup in his second season as manager, before going on to enjoy further success the year after.

In his first stint at Chelsea, Mourinho won the Premier League title in his second season at Stamford Bridge, having enjoyed an outstanding first year where he won the title and League Cup.

Mourinho (centre) is a serial winner and has lifted a trophy in his second season at every club

Mourinho (centre) is a serial winner and has lifted a trophy in his second season at every club

Mourinho won the Europa League with Manchester United in his firts season at the club

The Special One also won the treble with Inter Milan in his second year at the San Siro

Mourinho won the Champions League at Inter and the Europa League with Manchester United 

The trend continued when he joined Inter Milan in 2008 but this time, he won the treble having guided the club to the Serie A title, Coppa Italia and Champions League trophy in his second year.

Mourinho then broke Barcelona’s stranglehold of LaLiga in 2011-12 campaign before repeating his feat of winning the league with Chelsea in his second tenure at Stamford Bridge.

While his time at Manchester United is often viewed as a disappointing one, Mourinho managed to win the Europa League, Carabao Cup and Community Shield in his first year at the club. In his second season, though, United fell well behind Manchester City, who reached 100 points under Pep Guardiola.

But if history is anything to go by, silverware could well be on its way to north London this season. 

Fierce front three

While new additions to the squad are always welcome, it’s the ever-present Son Heung-min and Kane that have been lighting up the Premier League this season, having both featured in the demolition jobs of Southampton and Manchester United.

The South Korean is joint-top goalscorer with Dominic Calvert-Lewin after four games, with the pair nabbing six goals each in what has been an electric start for the duo.

Kane has channeled his inner-Kevin De Bruyne this season, notching six assists (five for Son, one for Lucas Moura) in four league games while also getting himself on the scoresheet three times.

The in-form duo are proving to be quite a handful to defend against, with Everton the only side to stop either man from making an impact in a league game this season.

Gareth Bale is yet to make his second debut for Spurs and will complete a fierce front three

Gareth Bale is yet to make his second debut for Spurs and will complete a fierce front three

Harry Kane (left) and Son Heung-min (right) have enjoyed an electric start to the season

Harry Kane (left) and Son Heung-min (right) have enjoyed an electric start to the season

However, the task of stopping Tottenham’s attacks is about to get a whole lot harder once Bale makes his long-awaited return following the conclusion of the international break.

The Welshman is not far off from making his second debut for the club having being put on an intensive fitness program after completing his loan move from Real Madrid last month.

A front-three (when fit) of Son, Kane and Bale would rival any attacking trio in the Premier League and will see the goals continue to flow if each man maintains their form.

Other big teams faltering

While Spurs aren’t a sure-fire bet to go the distance this season, that’s not to say that they can’t mount a serious challenge for Liverpool’s crown.

Like with any title-winning campaign, those who eventually come out on top have needed a degree of luck.

If we cast our minds back to Leicester City’s 2015-16 title-winning season, a factor that should be considered when looking at their success was that the usual suspects were nowhere near the usual standards.

Spurs were the Foxes closest competitors in that title race and still managed to come third in a two-horse race following the calamitous collapse on the final day of the season.

Liverpool suffered a humiliating 7-2 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa on Sunday evening

Liverpool suffered a humiliating 7-2 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa on Sunday evening

If Spurs are going to win their first Premier League title, they will need both Liverpool’s and Manchester City’s sky-high standards to drop.

And the early signs are showing that appears to be the case.

Pep Guardiola’s men have already dropped four points from their three opening games so far, while Liverpool suffered a shocking 7-2 drubbing at the hands of Aston Villa on Sunday. 

While it is still early doors, the cracks are already beginning to show in the north west of England, giving other teams around the country hope that the league could be heading somewhere else this year.

Manchester City have already dropped five points in their three opening games this season

Manchester City have already dropped five points in their three opening games this season

Chelsea, who have also enjoyed a brilliant summer in the transfer market, are still finding their feet with their new signings while Manchester United are in crisis mode after their 6-1 thrashing to Spurs at the weekend. 

Arsenal have enjoyed a promising start under Mikel Arteta but, like Spurs, it remains to be seen whether they can go the distance.

However, crazier things have happened and if you’re a betting man, then heeding Redknapp’s advice and taking a punt of Spurs could pay off come the end of the season. 

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