TOTTENHAM EUROPA LEAGUE BID BACK ON
After a rather insipid performance against Leeds, the pressure was on Tottenham to deliver and if they harboured any hopes of European football, a win against Wolves on Sunday was an absolute necessity.
Especially as West Ham dropped more points at the weekend and with the Hammers now slipping down to 7th in the table, Tottenham now find themselves in pole position for the last remaining Europa League slot.
A competition that although was obviously not the plan at the start of the season, it is very much the target at the end of it and if Ryan Mason were to finish in the top six, there would be an element of achievement to his short managerial tenure.
Not a lot admittedly, but still a respectful end to his coaching brief all the same and although the former Tottenham midfielder looks unlikely to be given the job on a permanent basis, he can at least leave the club in as good a shape as possible.
Shape that sees the North London outfit play in the Europa League rather than the Europa Conference League and although some supporters would not mind a year away from the continent, there is always a sense of being careful of what you wish for.
Because once you are outside of European action, it can be difficult to get back in and with the club already going through an obvious amount of stagnation, the last thing they then want is to be left behind.
In a weekend where protests against the club’s owners took place, the last thing that ENIC would have wanted was a defeat to follow and if that were the case, it would only fan the flames in N17 even further.
However, such a firestorm has at least been avoided on social media for now and although the protests against the board were both respectable in size and tone, if supporters do want change it cannot simply be a one and done scenario.
Whether more protests do surface over the course of the summer remains to be seen and the vitriol behind them may increase, if Tottenham were to surrender their newfound European advantage this week.
With just two league games of this season remaining, a sixth-place finish is now in Tottenham’s hands and all they must do to secure that standing, is get the better of Aston Villa and Leicester on Wednesday and Sunday, respectively.
Of course, that is on the assumption that both West Ham and Everton pick up a maximum points haul themselves and with both outfits having jitters as of late, six of the best may not even be necessary for Spurs.
Then again, the last thing that Ryan Mason will want to foster is a culture of complacency in his final few days as an active Tottenham manager and if he can guide his temporary charges to a top six finish, at least the season will end on some form of relative high.