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Ahead of Saturday's game at The Hawthorns, we spoke once more with Alan from the Spurs' blog Tottenham On My Mind. He gives us his views on Spurs' season so far, their Europa League campaign, Saido Berahino,
and more. You can follow Alan on Twitter @spursblogger.

With Spurs placed nicely in the Premier League, and through to the last 32 in the Europa League, supporters must be happy with the season so far? 

If any Spurs fans are unhappy they must be living in a parallel universe. The team have exceeded expectations, playing exuberant, high tempo football with skill and creativity allied to a prodigious workrate. The teamwork and consistency is remarkable, the unstinting commitment and intensity almost scary.  

The emergence of young English players like Kane, Dier and Alli has been wonderful to see but the real success is the way in which Pochettino has shaped the team and established the work ethic. Crucially hes sorted out the defence. Alderweireld and Vertonghen have been excellent at centreback, protected by Dier in front of them and Lloris behind. Its taken him 18 months (a lesson for all fans on the virtues of patience perhaps) but now the movement and understanding is fluent. Everyone seems to know what they are doing.  

After a long period when the club created a growing gap between themselves and the supporters, theres a good feeling around the Lane these days. Again much of the credit lies with the younger players, who give everything and acknowledge the fans.  

This is Spurs, right? 

Given Chelsea's struggles, how confident are you of a top four finish this season? 

Evil uncle Roman will buy Chelsea something nice for Christmas so they will be around come May but theres uncertainty around all the usual suspects. Right now we have a chance but Im just pleased we are playing so well at the moment.  

How important is success in the Europa League for the club and for the supporters? 

The EL gets going in the New Year when we get to proper European football, two legs home and away knock-out. I think we should really have a go at it but then Im old and old-fashioned many fans think it is a waste of time.  

Albion striker Saido Berahino continues to be linked with a move to White Hart Lane, is he a player you would like to see at Spurs? Is it a move you could see happening? 

Thought you might bring this up 

I cant say I ever saw Berahino as the messiah to lead us to the promised land but hes a promising young talent who could fit into our set-up, a striker with a different style to Kane and by all accounts Pochettino wanted him. Chairman Daniel Levys negotiating tactics were foolish and outmoded in the extreme, neglecting the fact that TV income means clubs are not under so much pressure to sell. The fact that we have played so well this season should not obscure the fact that Kane is our only striker and if hes injured we have a major problem. Thats real neglect on Levys part.  

We still need another striker. In the end, money talks. Probably this is down to Peace if hes willing to talk and Levys willing to pay a deal may be done. 

Whos caught the eye for Spurs so far this season? 

Plenty of competition here. At 19 Deli Alli has poise and presence with real talent and a desire to learn. Eric Dier plays with the maturity and positional sense of a veteran. Hard to believe hes a centre half turned DM only this season. Kane is adding more to his play game by game.  

Less well known is the emergence of Moussa Dembele from 3 years of sleepwalking to become a game-changing influence in midfield, while at 10m Toby Alderweireld is the buy of the season given the stability hes brought to our defence. 
  
Anyone been particularly disappointing? 

Pochettino gave everyone a chance then ruthlessly got rid of the slackers. Everyone left has substantially upped their game, save for Andros Townsend. Hampered by injuries admittedly but in the last 18 months hes contributed more in one game for England than he has for Spurs in the entire time.  
  
Prediction for Spurs' season? 

Honestly dont know. Id like a cup run and worry about injuries/tiredness because were short of cover in the spine of the team. Oh, what the hell 4th. 

Prediction for Albions season? 

12th 
   
Premier League champs? 

Manchester City have the players but all the contenders have their faults so hard to predict   

Relegated? 

Bournemouth, Villa and Sunderland 

Thoughts and prediction for Saturday's game? How are Spurs likely to line-up? 

Spurs play 4-2-3-1 with plenty of movement in the front four plus full-backs and one of the DMs eager to get forward when we have the ball. West Brom might try to avoid our pressing by shifting the ball forward directly but may have more joy on the flanks where we sometimes leave the back four exposed, especially in the later stages as tiredness becomes a factor.  

Team: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Alli, Son, Dembele, Eriksen, Kane. 

Spurs to win 1-0. 


 
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