Build up as Spurs face Norwich

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Build up

Tottenham will look to continue their vain of rich form as they come up against a potentially stern test away to Norwich City in tonight’s kick-off.

In stark contrast, Norwich now sit perilously close to the brink of the relegation zone, with only a two points margin over Newcastle United.

To this end, the Canaries have been proactive in the transfer window as they look to fire their way out of trouble with goalscorers Steven Naismith and Patrick Bamford being drafted in from Everton and Chelsea respectively.

And boy will they need goals- judging by the manner in which they’ve persistently shipped goals this season, with their Kamikaze defending in the last home game saw them ship five to a sub-par Liverpool side.

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Naismith marked his debut with a goal, following an £8 million move from Everton

With a plethora of attacking options available, the Spurs boys will be rubbing their hands with glee. Top scorer and all-round Tottenham poster boy Harry Kane has already netted 13 goals in 23 league matches this season and one suspects that he’ll be fancying himself to add to that this evening.

Victory tonight can comfort deadline day disappointment

For those of us that have followed the club’s expected transfer window activity with a keen eye, it has been clear that the team have been unlikely to sign anyone for some time; gone are the days where Harry would pull Ryan Nelsen, Louis Saha or Stipe bloody Pletikosa out of the hat in the dying hours.

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Louis Saha joined Spurs on deadline day 2012 and netted three in ten during his time at White Hart Lane

That said, it hasn’t detracted from there being a certain amount of disappointment from some corners of the Spurs Tweetosphere. With the feeling that Spurs are on the verge of mounting a serious title challenge, many have implored the board to sign a striker to offer some support up top. And with Loic Remy touted as nearly joining Leicester for a rumoured £11.5m deal, it’s certainly debatable that there were reasonable options available for Spurs to pursue.

For whatever reasons however, Pochettino, Levy and co. have decided to stick rather than twist- possibly with a view of not upsetting what seems to be a well balanced squad that’s playing well. The board have excelled over the last few transfer windows and have probably earned some degree of trust, a win tonight would undoubtedly silence some of the grumbling.

What the managers say

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Pochettino has praised the mental resilience of his team ahead of tonight’s clash, stating: “We know Norwich is a team that had 10 days to prepare for our game, but our mentality is good, we are strong and we need to compete.

“We analysed the last few games from Norwich and they are very difficult to play.”

Norwich boss Alex Neil has in turn focused on his team’s good home form ahead of the clash: “Our home form has been good and we want to make sure we get back to winning ways.

“I don’t see why Tottenham can’t be considered title contenders. They’re one of the best sides we’ve played.”

Team News

Spurs great run on the injury front continues, with Ryan Mason and Jan Vertonghen the absentees of note. Meanwhile, the likes of Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli are expected to return to the fold having been rested in the cup match against Colchester United.

Final Words

Tottenham will be going into tonight’s fixture brimming with confidence. The murmurings of a title challenge are beginning to grow louder and fans are beginning to puff out their chests as the boys continue to bat aside all challengers with great aplomb. A win tonight will see the lads continue to heap pressure on the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City, however anything else will undoubtedly be a slap in the face of those that have clamoured for deadline day activity.

Written by Joe Thomas

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