After a slow start to the Premier League season, Tottenham Hotspur are now on an upwards trajectory under the management of Mauricio Pochettino. Although the club lost away at Crystal Palace on the weekend, it was just Spurs’ second defeat in their last nine league games, and ambitions for European qualification still remain. MC, producer and Kiss FM DJ Majestic is among the optimistic supporters at White Hart Lane, and he spoke to JD Football about how his beloved club are faring…
What have you made of Tottenham’s season so far?
Well at first I was very dubious. Since watching us under Harry Redknapp with Gareth Bale, Kyle Walker – PFA Young Player of the Year at the time – Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric, the last four years have been a massive transitional period. Then we just started to scrape results together, and beat people away after being 1-0 down, so now this is something that’s quite positive again. Obviously the boy Harry Kane has been a revelation – he’s someone whose praises I’ve been singing for a long time, as I’ve got a lot of friends who are Millwall fans who told me he was knocking in goals for them.
I’m a realistic Spurs fan. To be sixth in the table and three points behind fourth in January, having played Chelsea twice, I’m quite excited by what’s ahead of us. We’re not title contenders at all but if we can nick a Champions League spot then fantastic, we’ll try and build on that but we have got to be realistic about things. If we can get another striker in January – which is what I’ve been saying for five years! – we might have a chance.
What do you think needs to be done to ensure Spurs finish in the top four?
I’d like to see the team gel, what we haven’t had for a long time is a starting XI and that’s it, there is our best team. Also, I was a season ticket holder the year we got into the Champions League , when we beat Chelsea and Arsenal at home inside three days, and in that January transfer window we signed Eidur Gudjohnsen on loan for a few months. It really helped having that extra striker to come on at seventy minutes and just boss it, so if we can have another striker…top four is obviously what we’d like, but it’s hard. Manchester United have got such a strong squad, Arsenal are Arsenal and will always be in the top four but luckily Liverpool are playing absolutely dogsh*t and Everton are too.
Do you think Harry Kane should be in the next England squad?
He’s got to be, even at under-21 level he’s scored eight goals in ten games. Hopefully people don’t gas up Harry too much though, and he stays like the grounded kid that he is at the moment. What I’d like to see in terms of England before the next Euros: if Gareth Southgate is allowed to have all the players he could possibly choose from – the likes of Harry Kane, The Ox, those type of players – and England go into the under-21 European Championship this year with those players playing well, they can win that and that’s how England’s going to become a good team in the future. You only have to look at Germany – of the team that won the World Cup last year, six of them were in the  under-21 championship that they won.
Is it encouraging to see a few Academy products get a lot of game time this season?
The current manager brought so many youngsters through at Southampton, so it’s obviously something very important to our manager and it’s good to see. As a supporter, we don’t care either way as long as we win, but it is nice to see the kids coming through because there are some quality players coming through the Academy. It should say to managers, in pre-season and in games you can afford to, that you should definitely try to bring youngsters through and see what they’re saying.
What are you looking forward to seeing more of in the next few months?
It’s great to see Nacer Chadli coming through looking like the player he actually is. Out of all the current ‘flops’, Chadli’s actually coming into his own – we knew he was class anyway – and he’s starting to really dominate and show what he’s about. We’ve still got DeAndre Yedlin – that kid from America – coming, he’s unbelievably quick but then so is Kyle Walker, so it’ll be crazy to see how that battles out. I was so happy to see Walker back in the squad against Chelsea, he just added an element we’ve not had for ages. When we were really good, we had Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Gareth Bale on the left, then Aaron Lennon and Walker on the right, so we were just rinsing down the wings and that was a fun time as a Spurs fan.
Do your fancy your team’s chances of silverware this season?
Well we’re in all of the cups at the moment. We’ve got Sheffield United in the Capital One Cup Semi Final, and I’d rather have them than either of Chelsea or Liverpool, and that should mean a day out at Wembley. After doing Chelsea, that’ll give us the confidence to do it again so you never know. February might come round and we might have a cup under our arm, which would be a great thing for our manager in his first season.
What about the Europa League?
There’s been some dodgy results and some absolutely outstanding results. I think as the confidence of the squad builds, they’re gonna want to go for everything. I think the position the manager is in now, the chairman’s going to be very impressed so that pressure is off. Last year, he obviously booted out Andre Villas-Boas half way through and it just unsettles the team. We’ve got over the rocky patch so to speak, and we can build from here…you never know, we might have a couple of cups!
Follow @Majestic on Twitter and can catch him live on Kiss FM Thursdays 9pm-Midnight and Saturdays 6-8pm. His single ‘Creeping In The Dark‘ with Jungle 70 is released 18 January, click here to pre-order.