Tottenham Drop-spur give West Ham a major boost as Antonio Conte unravels and questions his future yet again.
A couple of weeks ago we reported how West Ham had received a big boost in the race for the European spots as problems were brewing with Conte at bitter rivals Spurs.
When Conte took over at Tottenham Hotspur back in November the likes of West Ham were warned their days challenging for the top four could be numbered.
Who can forget former Spurs star turned pundit Jamie O’Hara’s ominous warning to West Ham, Arsenal and co after Conte’s arrival.
Undoubtedly a top manager, pundits and Spurs fans believed Conte’s arrival in north London marked the start of a new era.
But there has been fervent speculation over Conte’s Tottenham future just three months into his reign.
Tottenham Drop-spur give West Ham a major boost as Antonio Conte unravels and questions his future
And that intensified last night as Tottenham – who have been nicknamed Games In Hand FC and now Tottenham Drop-spur for their tendency to drop points in the spare games they had been banking on pushing them up the table – lost again, this time to Burnley.
After three defeats on the spin, Spurs somehow beat Manchester City 3-2 at the weekend.
The likes of West Ham, Arsenal and Manchester United were warned ‘Tottenham were back’ and Conte was suddenly lauding players he has spent the last few months questioning.
Fast forward three days and West Ham have been given a much-welcome boost to their European hopes again after Spurs were beaten 1-0 at Burnley – their fourth defeat in their last five Premier League matches.
After the game there appeared to be even more trouble in paradise with Conte giving another explosive interview in which he suggested the club needs to let him go (Sky Sports).
It means eighth-placed Tottenham remain on 39 points and now have a minus one goal difference. That leaves Spurs three points behind fifth-placed West Ham, who have a plus 11 GD, with two games in hand.
So in theory Tottenham would need at least a win and a draw in their games in hand to move above the Hammers with all being even.
Tottenham face a tough trip to Jekyll and Hyde side Leeds at the weekend. The Elland Road outfit will surely want to make amends having lost 6-0 to Liverpool last night.
West Ham meanwhile face fellow Euro spot rivals Wolves, who can go above David Moyes’s side with a win at Arsenal tonight (Thursday).
The same is true for Arsenal, so a draw is the best result for West Ham as it will keep them fifth going into the weekend’s matches.
West Ham have been flagging of late and struggling to reach their top levels. That was compounded at the weekend with every single result going against the Hammers as they could only draw at Newcastle.
But the result and goings-on at Tottenham could put a spring back in the step of Moyes and his boys and really SPUR us on ahead of the run in with everything still to play for.