By Dominic Toner

Paul Merson believes that Tottenham have started the league season in great form and “look a very good team”.

Spurs are unbeaten at the beginning of the campaign and currently sit third in the table behind Manchester City and Everton.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side take on newly-promoted Middlesbrough in the league on Saturday and will hope to continue the impressive form.

First-choice striker Harry Kane will be absent from the match after suffering an ankle injury last weekend against Sunderland, meaning Dutchman Vincent Janssen is likely to start in attack.

Former Arsenal forward Merson believes that Spurs have looked good at the beginning of the new season and expects them to record a comfortable 3-0 win at the Riverside.

“It will be interesting to see how Spurs cope without Harry Kane,” Merson wrote in his Sky Sports column. “But it was important for Vincent Janssen to get off the mark in midweek.

“I see Tottenham, who went to Stoke and gave them a footballing lesson, winning this pretty comfortably at the Riverside. They look a very good team.”

Spurs continued their impressive start with a mid-week victory against Gillingham in the EFL Cup, with Janssen scoring his first club goal in a 5-0 demolition.

The 22-year-old will help to open his goal scoring account in the Premier League against a vulnerable Middlesbrough defence, who have kept just one clean sheet in their opening six competitive matches this season.

Spurs’ only negative result this season came in a 2-1 defeat to Monaco in the Champions League and Pochettino may have one eye on Tuesday’s European clash against CSKA Moscow.

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