Harry Winks claims that Spurs are title contenders due to their recent run of good results but insists they are happy to play the role of underdogs behind Manchester City and Liverpool.
Although City and Liverpool have alternated top spot between them for much of the season, Spurs have emerged as potential title challengers of late, moving to within five points of the two teams above them in the table.
Despite being without Harry Kane and Dele Alli through injury over the past few games, Spurs have racked up three successive victories against Fulham, Watford and Newcastle in the league, all sealed thanks to late winning goals.
Tottenham have been accused of letting the pressure get to them at crucial times during Mauricio Pochettino’s time in charge and Winks admitted that it has been positive for the club to go under the radar in the title race this season.
Winks said: ‘The results speak for themselves, we’re up there and still in it. It’s important to stay positive and confident in ourselves that we can be in the title race but we know there is a lot of competition and there are two very good sides in front of us at the moment who are doing really well.
It’s nice to not have all eyes and the spotlight on us because we’re just continuing our business behind the scenes, doing what we do best.
One week we’re title contenders and the next week we’re just trying to get to top four so we understand how it changes every week.
We have to stay balanced and level with how we think and not get too carried away with results and the media.
Over the past three seasons, Spurs have finished 3rd, 2nd and 3rd in the Premier League and emerged as one of the most consistent teams in the top-six despite being unable to take the next step and win a first league title since 1961.
Pochettino has been praised for his management this season by making Spurs competitive despite having made no signings, contending with a big injury list and having to play home games at Wembley due to delays to the club’s new stadium.
Winks, meanwhile, has established himself as a key player in midfield, particularly since Mousa Dembele’s departure last month, featuring in 22 Premier League games this season and scoring the crucial winner against Fulham a few weeks ago.