Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is convinced he has the ingredients to follow in the footsteps of Everton and break into the Premier League top four.
David Moyes’ men were the last to break the monopoly at the summit, back in 2005, but there is genuine hope that Spurs can achieve it this season as they are currently third.
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They face another test of their credentials this week when they travel to Goodison Park to face Everton.
“The top four is a target, a difficult target to achieve but it’s where we want to be and where we want to aim for,” Redknapp said.
“We’ve got to believe we can get there and we will keep trying as hard as possible. We’ll give it everything we’ve got and there is no reason why we can’t achieve it with the squad we’ve got. I think we can do it.”
Everton have struggled this season and have not lived up to their billing as one of the teams that could break into the Champions League places, while Spurs, Aston Villa and Manchester City look like contenders.
Redknapp is still wary of them, particularly after their Europa League victory over AEK Athens in midweek.
“They have had more than their share of injuries but they have a good squad, whoever David puts out will work hard, like they did in Greece this week,” said Redknapp. “They were also unlucky against Liverpool.
“They have good front players in Yakubu, (Louis) Saha and Jo. (Tim) Cahill is a goal threat, there is (Marouane) Fellaini and (Steven) Pienaar is back. They are missing key players but so are we.
“You never get an easy game there, David has done a great job, but we’re playing well. We played very well at Villa and need to do the same on Sunday.”
Redknapp’s squad has held strong in the first third of the season and he is unlikely to make radical changes in January, although Brazil defensive midfielder Sandro is a target from Internacional.
“The chairman has been speaking to the people there,” Redknapp said. “It’s something we’re interested in doing and the chairman is well down the road with that one.
“We’re also looking around for a goalkeeper but I haven’t got anyone near to bringing in.”
Redknapp also insists Giovani dos Santos will stay at the club now he has recovered from an ankle injury.
“Giovani is okay,” he said. “He’s trained but is short on match-practice. He’s getting fitter but needs a game, 90 minutes in the reserves.
“I’m looking forward to getting him back fit, he’s a good young player and was in great form before he got injured. It was a big blow for us to lose him at that time.
“I want him to stay and there is no chance he’ll be leaving. I want him to do what we hope he can do – be a big player for Tottenham.”
It means Giovani is unlikely to play against Everton, while Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate have been ruled out with hamstring and groin troubles respectively.
Redknapp also hopes to have Luka Modric back from his fractured fibula within weeks.
“Luka is getting closer,” he said. “He’s training with the youth team and we hope to get him back in a few weeks ready to play. He’s a top player and we would love to have him available.”