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Thursday 21 September 2017

Ferdinand: Young Spurs stars hungry for titles

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Former Tottenham striker Les Ferdinand believes his old club have the hunger needed to mount a sustained assault on Premier League and FA Cup glory this season.

Spurs host Sky Bet League Two side Wycombe in Saturday's fourth-round cup tie, with Mauricio Pochettino's men currently third in the league table - a point behind north London rivals Arsenal and nine off leaders Chelsea.

With no European football this term, Antonio Conte has been able to channel his squad's focus fully on domestic action. Chelsea's 13-match winning streak in the league was eventually halted by Tottenham's 2-0 win at White Hart Lane on January 4.

Should Spurs go on to make the latter stages of the FA Cup and advance in the Europa League, which resumes next month, then Pochettino and his players will have lots of balls to juggle.

But Ferdinand - who made more than 100 appearances for Spurs after moving from Newcastle in 1997 and won the 1999 League Cup at Wembley before later joining the coaching staff - believes the current group have the desire needed to last the distance on all fronts. "I looked at them last season, what happened towards the end, drawing against Chelsea and disrupting their flow, then people were saying, 'Oh yeah, typical Spurs', so I was wondering what they would be like this season, just how much that would have affected them," Ferdinand said. "But the young band of players they have got and the hunger they seem to have in the side, I have been mightily impressed by what they have produced this season and I just see them going from strength to strength."

Ferdinand added: "With the way Tottenham are playing at the moment, they will certainly believe they are one of the stronger teams left in the (FA Cup) competition.

"Taking on Wycombe, you would expect, whatever side Tottenham put out, they can win that game."

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