Merson fears for Tottenham’s future with life after Antonio Conte and Harry Kane

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    Tottenham are a massive bag of Revels at the moment. You never know what you're going to get.

    If they can't deliver under an elite manager in Antonio Conte, you do start to worry for the future. It begs the question of whether they will ever be able to attract an elite manager again.

    Spurs haven't changed, let's be honest. They are looking to get in the top four again this season and if they qualify for the last 16 in Europe, they will be more than happy.

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    We always talk about trophies but Daniel Levy would favour finishing in the Champions League places over winning the FA Cup or League Cup, one million per cent.

    When Conte's football works, it's good but when it doesn't work; it isn't great on the eye. That's exactly what is happening at the moment.

    Then again, I wouldn't be surprised to see Tottenham go and thump Bournemouth by four goals on Saturday with Harry Kane grabbing a hat-trick. It gets so rosy so quickly at Tottenham, it's like you're on a constant rollercoaster.

    You looked at the Newcastle game last weekend and thought 'they should win that' but they made Eddie Howe's team look like the Harlem Globetrotters.

    Then they go and draw to a run-of-the-mill Champions League team in Sporting – when most of us were expecting them to win comfortably. It's so unpredictable at the moment.

    It's also a concern to read reports that Son Heung-min is no longer happy at the club. Him and Kane will want to go on and win trophies in the final part of their careers, there is no doubt about that.

    Yet there aren't a lot of trophies to win and if Son and Kane want silverware, they would have to join the right club. Kane will only break the all-time Premier League goalscoring record with Tottenham because, in my view, Manchester City are no longer an option.

    Kane and Erling Haaland is never going to work and Alan Shearer's record is the one he's got to go for, now. If he's not going to win trophies, you may as well collect an individual accolade.

    People say 'Haaland will beat the record' but he won't be here long enough. If Kane does it, it's not going to be a record that's broken next week. It will probably be there forever.

    There is talk that Bayern Munich are serious about signing Kane but going there and winning the Bundesliga is probably the equivalent of Desmond Douglas winning at table tennis in the summer while on holiday.

    I just can't see Kane getting this far down the line, jumping ship and moving abroad. It really wouldn't make too much sense when you're on the verge of making history in the Premier League.


    I'm not sure about Aston Villa's appointment of Unai Emery. I would understand if they were in the Europa League but they are a long way away from that at the moment.

    Villarreal were a really good team under Emery but this is going to take a while. It's a long-term thing, it's not a 10-minute job. He's worked in the Premier League before with Arsenal but he needs three or four years. One year just isn't enough.

    You can tell that by the fact that if Steven Gerrard was manager last Sunday when they beat Brentford 4-0, he'd still be the manager today.

    So many clubs are all about results, it's all about the here and now and not their long-term vision. You just can't run football clubs like that. You need to have faith.

    Villa have got to draw the line somewhere. Villarreal are a good football team so I'm sure Emery can turn it around. I just hope they give him time to get stuck into a proper project.


    I can't believe what's going on at Wolves. I couldn't believe what was happening at the start of the season anyway.

    They've not been a free-scoring team since Raul Jimenez got a bad injury, he was a top-drawer player. But the thing about Wolves was they never let in many goals. So why let Conor Coady, who in my opinion was the anchor and captain that held it all together, go?

    Now they're leaking goals and can't score. They're playing a dangerous game. I don't know if they're waiting for a World Cup manager – maybe Gareth Southgate – but they just don't have the time.

    They can't afford to lose another three football matches before the break. This year there is no Norwich or Watford, anyone could get sucked under. It really is a season like no other.

    I always said Leicester score way too many goals to be in trouble but Wolves can't score for toffee at the moment. It's a major concern.


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    • Champions League
    • FA Cup
    • Premier League
    • Europa League
    • League Cup
    • Gareth Southgate
    • Harry Kane
    • Steven Gerrard
    • Unai Emery
    • Tottenham Hotspur FC
    • Aston Villa FC
    • Wolves FC
    • Antonio Conte

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