As West Ham travelled White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon, both the Hammers and Tottenham were equal on points.
As Slaven Bilic’s side rolled away from the stadium at about 7pm, Spurs were three points ahead of the East London outfit – but the gulf in class had been fully exposed.
The 4-1 thrashing that Tottenham meted out was riveting to watch, but more importantly, any impartial observer watching Spurs could not fail to ask the question: what could Mauricio Pochettino’s side achieve this season?
You see, in a season where Leicester are still sitting atop the Premier League table after 13 games, one starts to wonder whether a Tottenham side that appears to have all the prerequisites for a title-challenging team could do something special this year.
On the face of it, there’s absolutely no reason why not.
The North London side seem to have all the raw ingredients to make a run at the EPL crown.
A world-class goalkeeper? Check. Hugo Lloris has been one of the top three goalkeepers in the world for a number of years.
A miserly defence? Check. Only United have conceded less than Tottenham this term.
A dominant attack? Check. After Leicester and Man City, Spurs have scored the most goals in the division.
But more importantly, Spurs are a team.
Heung-min Son, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane dovetail beautifully as an attacking trio.
Danny Rose, TobyAlderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker have a wonderful understanding at the back.
Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Moussa Dembele work the midfield in perfect harmony.
In short, Spurs have something that a whole lot of Premier League teams are lacking – a true team unit that performs even when elements of the team aren’t exactly firing.
The West Ham game was a case in point. After his exploits for England during the week, Dele Alli wasn’t at his best against the Hammers; but Dembele and Dier and stepped up, meaning that Alli was able to take a back seat.
After being out of the starting line up for a few weeks, Son was a little rusty, but Kane and Eriksen were there to pick up the slack.
However many good players a team has, if you want to win the title, you need a true team unit, and Spurs have that in abundance.
It is too soon to tell whether Tottenham can mount a genuine title challenge, but one thing’s for sure, they’ve got all the key elements to at the very least be in the mix. Watch this space.