Tottenham Hotspur: How the Club's Poor Form Could Affect Them in the Long Run

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistApril 22, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15:  Harry Redknapp manager of Tottenham Hotspur in discussion with assistant Joe Jordan during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 15, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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It all started with a 5-2 loss to rivals Arsenal on February 26. Instead of just being another loss, the defeat at the hands of Tottenham's North London rivals sparked a run of horrible form that has seen the club drop from third to fifth place in the table.

Around Christmas, Tottenham were considered to be the third team in a three-way title race with Manchester City and Manchester United, and now they are in a three-way race for two European spots.

Now, finishing in the final Champions League position is a concern and just finishing fourth would make the London club's season seem like a success at this point.

But, that will not be easy as fourth-place Newcastle are in great form and sixth place Chelsea are just a point behind their London neighbours.

So what will happen to Tottenham Hotspur if they do not make the Champions League next year and their poor form continues until the end of the season?

The answer to that question will be that you will see a completely different Tottenham team.

First, let me start with the obvious by saying mostly everyone expects Harry Redknapp to take the England job at the end of the Premier League season. That has been known for months; at least we think he will leave Spurs.

A new manager will not hurt the club that much, but a loss of star players and revenue from European competition will.

A sixth-place finish may not be the end of the world, because if Chelsea win the FA Cup or Champions League, the sixth-place finisher in the Premier League will qualify for Europe regardless.

However, Tottenham can not just sit back, lose games and hope this possibility comes true. They need to fight for fourth place, because if they do not make the Champions League, stars like Gareth Bale and Luka Modric could be tempted to leave.

There will not be a mass exodus of star players from White Hart Lane in the summer, but the club may see some new faces out on the pitch when training begins in the summer if Bale, Modric and leading scorer Emmanuel Adebayor—who is on loan from Manchester City—are not back in North London next season.

Yes, they will still have Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, Rafael van der Vaart and young stars like Kyle Walker, but without a star player in midfield, Spurs could see their level of play, precluding them from being part of the conversation for Europe.

All of these hypothetical situations need not to be worried about if Tottenham win out in their last four games, which is very possible, against weaker opponents in Blackburn, Bolton, Aston Villa and Fulham.