Gary Lineker believes the most important thing Tottenham have done is to retain all the players they wanted to keep. But he admits they may be hampered by their move away from White Hart Lane to Wembley while their new home is built.
With the new Premier League season kicking off on Friday night, Spurs are the only side yet to bring in at least one new face.
Their approach has raised eyebrows, but White Hart Lane hero Lineker can understand why there has been no rush due to the strength of their existing first team.
That includes the likes of Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane.
They all have admirers across Europe, but are all still with last season’s runners-up.
Kyle Walker is the only big name allowed to leave, in a £54million switch to rivals Manchester City.
And BT Sport host Lineker said: “The most important thing for Spurs I thought was keeping their key players, with the exception of Walker in a position where they are really well covered, they have managed to do.
“Sometimes you can bring in people, but it doesn’t help and can hinder.
“Spurs need to strengthen their squad and I suspect they will.
“But the reason they haven’t brought in three or four big players like other teams at the top of the league have done is that they were pretty strong last season.
“And Spurs are also not one of the giant spenders traditionally anyway.”
But with the north Londoners losing one major advantage they had last season in their old stadium, Lineker added: “If they were still at White Hart Lane, I would fancy them for the title. But they are not and that does make a difference.
“It is baffling, I suppose, as to why, but it is familiarity and particularly following a season when they were so good at home it makes it difficult. If they finish in the top four again it will be a really good effort this season.”
After the London battle for last season’s league between Spurs and eventual champions Chelsea, Lineker feels the title is Manchester-bound this time.
“I would pick one of the Manchester clubs – it might be a close battle between them,” he added.
“If you push me, I would lean just towards City at the moment, but there are still three weeks of the transfer window left. Usually a few last-minute things happen.
“It will be very open.”
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