Jenas: Tottenham the place to be
Jermaine Jenas reckons there is no better club to be at the moment than Tottenham.
Spurs strengthened their squad with the addition of South African international Steven Pienaar from Everton this week, beating off the interest of London rivals Chelsea.
Harry Redknapp’s men head to Newcastle on Saturday, when they could move back up into the top four as the Blues are not in action until Monday night when they take on Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.
The arrival of former England captain David Beckham to train with the squad raised Spurs’ profile once again, while there is the small matter of a Champions League showdown against AC Milan to look forward to next month.
Jenas is relishing being part of such an exciting time at White Hart Lane.
"It’s the best squad of players we’ve had since I’ve been here," said the midfielder, who signed for Spurs from Newcastle in 2005.
"As a club, we’re in a in a great place at the moment.
"The level of training has gone up 10-fold, the intensity, the competition for places, everything is at such a high level.
"If we want to be anywhere near the top of the league these are the players we need to have and the attitude we need to have."
Jenas added on the www.tottenhamhotspur.com: "The lads are so up for it and as a club, there is a good, good feeling here at the moment."
Spurs, though, will not be taking their trip to St James’ Park lightly.
Assistant boss Kevin Bond said: "Newcastle will always get 50,000 people there and you’ve still got to be able to handle that pressure of the big stage with a full house.
"They are very passionate fans up there so you need to have strong minds and a strong character, and be resolute as a side.
"They’ve started to find a little bit of form so it will be a difficult game for us.
"But we know that we’re playing well and capable matching anybody on our day in the league, so we’ll go there in a positive frame of mind."
Bond added: "They are at home so there will be a bit of expectation on them to come and take the game to us.
"In some ways that might suit us because it might make it more of an open game."
Redknapp could well look to do more business before the end of the transfer window, having been linked with a move for FC Porto’s Brazilian forward Hulk.
However, Tottenham could also look to ease the wage bill, with Robbie Keane now surplus to requirements but having seen a switch to Birmingham break down.
It has been suggested Roman Pavlyuchenko could be a target for Sunderland now they have sold Darren Bent to Aston Villa and lost Danny Welbeck to injury.
The Russian striker’s agent told ESPNsoccernet: "There is interest from some clubs in England and Germany, but Roman has two more years on his contract with Tottenham.
"It’s not in our hands if he can move or not. The decision is Tottenham’s if they let him go or not and I think it is important another club likes to pay."
Defender William Gallas, meanwhile, could be set for a contract extension, the veteran centre-half having impressed since his summer move when he was a free agent after leaving north-London rivals Arsenal.