By Dominic Toner
Gary Lineker has predicted that Tottenham will win the Premier League this season.
The Match of the Day host and former Spurs player has tipped Mauricio Pochettino’s young side to lift the club’s first ever Premier League trophy.
Tottenham finished below fierce rivals Arsenal to end 2015-16 in third position – their highest league finish in 20 years – after their form nosedived in the final weeks of the campaign,
Even Spurs’ star man Christian Eriksen has admitted that a top-four finish is the best his team can hope for but Lineker has gone against the grain by predicting an against-the-odds triumph for the north Londoners.
The former striker posted on his personal Twitter account on Saturday that Spurs are his pick to be the 2016-17 champions.
Tottenham are my tip to win the @premierleague . There, I’ve said it!
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 13, 2016
Despite a successful league campaign last season, most bookmakers have Spurs as sixth favourites to win the league, behind Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Spurs began their Premier League season with a 1-1 draw against Everton at Goodison Park, with Erik Lamela scoring an equalising goal in the second-half.
Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer believes that Spurs are one of six teams capable of winning the league this season but just favoured Manchester City to edge the title race.
Spurs fought with eventual champions Leicester for the Premier League in the final few months of last season, before the wheels eventually fell off their bid.
They have strengthened their squad this summer, with striker Vincent Janssen and combative midfielder Victor Wanyama both arriving.
Janssen joined Tottenham for £18million from AZ Alkmaar earlier in the summer after lighting up the Eredivisie and is expected to provide important support for star striker Harry Kane, who has had to carry the team’s goal scoring efforts over the last two seasons.
Kane is a part of a young English core which has proved so effective for Spurs recently and his team-mates Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker all joined him in the nation’s Euro 2016 squad.
In other Tottenham team news, Pochettino has revealed the extent of Hugo Lloris’ injury after the Everton draw.