Crouch: It would be ‘madness’ to rule Spurs out of title race

Peter Crouch believes Tottenham are very much still in the mix for the Premier League title, despite being behind Manchester City and Liverpool.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side currently trail the joint-leaders by five points heading into Sunday’s home game against Leicester City.

However, due to the absences of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, hopes of an unexpected title challenge are low at North London.

But Crouch, who played for Spurs as a striker between 2009 to 2011 and scored 24 goals in 93 appearances, believes people would be foolish to rule out his old club.

“It’s madness, given there is so much football to play,” Crouch wrote on his Daily Mail column.

“It is also madness to rule out Tottenham, who are right in there as well.”

He added “I know bookmakers have them as third favourites but, for the points they have racked up, you simply cannot take them out of the discussion.

“There is a trait about modern football that I don’t particularly like – the need to make instant and definitive predictions.

“I say I don’t like it, but I also have to admit it’s something of which I have been guilty.”

The former England international pointed out that both City and Liverpool have suffered slips ups this season and suggested there could be more exciting twists and turns left.

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“The title race is the subject that is prompting everyone to put their necks on the line and the past fortnight has been especially revealing for rash judgments,” continued Crouch.

“Manchester City lost at Newcastle and the title was Liverpool’s to lose. Then Liverpool drew at home to Leicester, City beat Arsenal and West Ham took points off Liverpool.

“Now we are in the position, following City’s win at Goodison Park, when everyone is saying it is over to Pep Guardiola’s side again.

“The Premier League is the best league in the world because anyone can beat anyone and you have to keep this in mind.”

Crouch now plays for Burnley in the Premier League after sealing a switch from Stoke City in the January transfer window.


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