By Amir Mir

Paul Merson has backed Tottenham to kick-start their bid for the 2016/17 Premier League title by beating Crystal Palace on Saturday.

In his latest Sky Sports column, Merson picked out England striker Harry Kane as the difference maker, despite the 23-year-old suffering a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign.

Spurs drew their opening Premier League fixture at Everton last Saturday, while Palace lost 1-0 at home to West Brom, and the ex-Arsenal man has gone for a 2-0 Spurs win at White Hart Lane.

“Palace had a shocking result at home and it looks like they need a forward,” Merson said. “Dwight Gayle has gone, Yannick Bolasie just went and they fired blanks against West Brom so it’s a bit of a strange one.

“Tottenham don’t have that problem because Harry Kane gets better as the season goes on and I’m going for a home win.”

Kane was the top goalscorer in the Premier League last season with 24 goals, as he helped his side to a Champions League place.

Kane suffered a woeful Euro 2016 campaign however, as the England man failed to score during the tournament as his home country were knocked out by minnows Iceland. He’s yet to get off the mark in the new Premier League season.

Pochettino has purchased striker Vincent Janssen to give Kane support, along with defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama this summer, as the Argentine looks to add depth to a young and exciting squad.

In other Tottenham team news, Mauricio Pochettino has given a strong hint that this fringe player will start against Palace on Saturday.