Tottenham Hotspur news: Mourinho's Spurs are now third favourites to win the Premier League

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Tottenham Hotspur moved into 5th place in the Premier League on Monday night with a gritty 1-0 win against Burnley at Turf Moor courtesy of Son Heung-min's 76th minute header. 

It was the type of dogged victory that has become synonymous with Premier League title winners, and Jose Mourinho will undoubtedly have been enthused by his side's first clean sheet of the campaign.

An ominous opening day defeat against Everton raised doubts about Spurs' ambitions for the season, but the state of play looks altogether different now. 

Following their narrow victory over the Clarets, Spurs leapfrogged Chelsea to become third favourites for the title this season, per Oddschecker.

Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson had this to say about the market move: "This is a Premier League season like no other, and if there is to be another surprise winner, this is surely going to be the year.

"Spurs under Jose Mourinho wouldn't be a fairy-tale on the same level as Leicester City, but it would still mark their first top flight triumph since 1961, and would solidify the Portuguese amongst the club's folklore."

But do Spurs have what it takes to capitalise on the tumultuous state of the English top flight and march to their first title in 60 years?

Here at GIVEMESPORT, we've broken down ten reasons why the Lilywhites could finally translate their alluring sense of progress into England's most coveted prize.

Mourinho's pedigree

Jose Mourinho

Where else to start? The Special One - otherwise known as The Humble One, The Grumpy One or The Just Playing Up To The Amazon Cameras One - boasts a trophy-laden CV. 

Is he a dinosaur manager whose once revered methods have failed to stand the test of time? Or is he, in fact, a dangerously underestimated prospect who still belongs in the elite bracket? 

That debate is a subplot that will dominate the season, but it's worth remembering that Mourinho has won trophies in every job he's had since bursting onto the scene at Porto, racking up an eyewatering 33 along the way - though that does somewhat dubiously include eight Super Cups. 

The Portuguese manager's pedigree speaks for itself and the history books suggest Spurs have a strong chance of claiming silverware under his stewardship. 

Hojbjerg

Daniel Levy took an 18 month hiatus from his wheeler-dealer duties between the signing of Lucas Moura and the double swoop for Jack Clarke and Tanguy Ndombele, leaving fans exasperated over the lack of activity. 

But a reluctance to spend in the transfer market has made way for a renewed willingness to invest in a squad that was overdue a revamp before Mourinho arrived at the club. 

In the recent summer window, Spurs added a total of seven new players to the squad and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Sergio Reguilon have enjoyed particularly auspicious openings to their respective careers in north London.

Levy has brought in fresh blood at full-back and at centre-forward - two positions which have been problematic in recent years - and acquired a wealth of Premier League experience through the signings of Matt Doherty, Joe Hart, Gareth Bale and the aforementioned Hojbjerg. 

Kane & Son partnership 

Son and Kane

Harry Kane and Son have, quite remarkably given we're just six games into the new campaign, already combined to goal scoring effect on nine separate occasions this season.

For context, that is one more than the eight times Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez assisted each other during Leicester City's 2015/16 title win.

With Kane playing through balls with the eagle-eyed vision and flawless execution of a dynamic though fundamentally less stylish Andrea Pirlo, and Son seemingly incapable of shooting outside of the goalposts this season, this partnership is a recipe for silverware straight out of the Mourinho handbook.

Rise of Ndombele

Tanguy Ndombele

There's nothing quite like high quality performances from a record-signing to boost morale throughout the club. 

Tanguy Ndombele's failure to settle and replicate the type of enchanting form that earned him a club-record move in 2019 became an unsettling story of his maiden campaign, but it seems a significant corner has been turned. 

Ndombele now resembles an accomplished, all-action and silky central midfielder as opposed to the sluggish flop who last season performed with the conviction of a dreadfully hungover Sunday League player. 

He is fitter, stronger and a better decision maker than last season, while the effectiveness and consistency of his dynamic, weaving slaloms has vastly improved.

There is still work to be done but Mourinho's growing trust in the Frenchman looks to have given him the confidence he needs to play with the swagger and authority of a £63m signing.

Faltering rivals

Pep Guardiola

Manchester City have endured a tricky opening to the campaign but they remain favourites to lift the title by virtue of Virgil van Dijk's lengthy lay off. 

However, two wins from five games tells its own underwhelming story. And with Pep Guardiola's contract due to expire at the end of the season, there is plenty of uncertainty looming over the club's future. 

Liverpool, meanwhile, are not the all-conquering force they were last season and van Dijk's absence is bound to present a fresh set of problems for Jurgen Klopp. 

Both clubs are laden with quality players and are spearheaded by two of the greatest managers in modern European football, so it would be foolish to tip them to flounder after just a handful of games. 

But, even with that acknowledgement firmly in mind, there are legitimate questions to be asked regarding their credentials and the cyclical nature of football proves that the duopoly of recent years cannot continue indefinitely. 

Perhaps the North West duo will have company in the race for top spot this season.

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

What role will Gareth Bale play at Spurs? Why was he signed when Mourinho already had a wealth of talented attacking midfield options at his disposal? 

Both are fair questions but there are some players who, when they become available, you simply have to sign irrespective of what logic or history might tell you. 

Bale brings experience from a Real Madrid side who have totally dominated European football in recent years, and those nuggets of wisdom he has retrieved along the way could be priceless in Spurs' quest for silverware. 

At 31 years old he is not the jet-heeled demon he once was but his ability to score from long-range, set-pieces, bicycle kicks, you name it, gives Spurs a world class option capable of installing a big club mentality within the dressing room.  

Time for a new mantra, Gareth? Spurs. Wales. Golf. In that order. 

Resolution of second striker problem

Vinicius

Fernando Llorente established himself as a cult hero for the role he played in Spurs' journey to the Champions League final in 2019.

In truth, however, his presence served to illuminate the extent of Spurs' second-striker problem, which has plagued the club for a number of years. 

Makeshift centre-forwards have become the norm at the club, with Lucas Moura, Dele Alli and Son all filling the void in Kane's absence. 

Temporary fixes have merely papered over the cracks of a long-standing issue but the signing of Carlos Vinicius looks a shrewd albeit temporary resolution. 

The centre-back turned centre-forward scored 18 goals and provided eight assists in 32 Liga Nos outings for Benfica last season, and he provided a pair of assists for Lucas and Son on his Spurs debut against LASK in the Europa League last week. 

When Kane fulfils his seasonal injury quota, it will be intriguing to see if Vinicius is the able deputy his promising profile suggests he can be.

No looming contract issues

Christian Eriksen

Doubts over the futures of a handful of key first-team players - most notably Christian Eriksen - dominated the club last season. 

Eriksen left in January, Jan Vertonghen's contract rolled to expiry and Toby Alderweireld eventually penned a fresh deal, but the looming issues became a distracting theme. 

In the current campaign, however, Danny Rose is the only senior first-team player whose contract is due to expire in the summer of 2021. 

The absence of contractual distractions and long-term uncertainty should be conducive to a harmonious, focussed dressing room moving forward.

Strength in depth

Dele Alli

The quality on Tottenham's bench vs Burnley was a telling indicator of the strength in depth at the club. 

Harry Winks, Davinson Sanchez and Dele Alli were all absent and yet Mourinho still had room for Erik Lamela, Joe Rodon, Giovani Lo Celso, Vinicius, Hart, Reguilon and Bale on the Spurs bench.

That at least three of those players - Bale, Reguilon and Lo Celso - wouldn't be out of place in a top six starting XI underlines the depth of options at Mourinho's disposal. 

Competition for places breeds progress, so it's a good job Spurs have that in abundance this season.

The status quo can't go on indefinitely

Poch

For every rise there is a fall, and for every Spursy capitulation, there is a trophy, right? 

Well, so far there isn't an ounce of evidence to suggest the latter rings true, but it's hard to escape the feeling that lady luck will eventually pay the north London giants an overdue visit. 

Manchester City's rise into the elite has coincided with an end to Manchester United's once seemingly perennial dominance of the English top-flight. Following years of mediocrity in the Championship, Marcelo Bielsa finally propelled Leeds United back into the Premier League this year. Despite City's best efforts, and courtesy of an infamous Steven Gerrard slip in 2014, Liverpool eventually won their first Premier League title last season.

The point is that grand ambitions are often fraught with setbacks along the way, and Spurs have experienced near-misses in the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Champions League in the last five years.

Thing have a habit of eventually levelling themselves out.

It's about time there was a notable deviation from the status quo at Spurs.

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