By Will Butcher

Chris Sutton believes Tottenham will be one of the favourites in the Premier League title race for the 2017-18 season.

Spurs suffered a huge blow in their pursuit of league leaders Chelsea, as they suffered a 1-0 loss to London rivals West Ham on Friday night at the London Stadium.

However, former Premier League winner Sutton blasted those who had suggested Spurs had failed to live up to expectations, before predicting that the north Londoners would push for the title next time round.

Speaking on BT Sport Score, as quoted by their official Twitter account, the former Celtic star also highlighted the importance of the upcoming summer transfer window.

“Who are these idiots saying they’re bottling it?” Sutton said. “But I agree that they have a really important summer ahead of them.

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“You talk about (Kyle) Walker going, (Toby) Alderweireld wanting this clause in his contract, so they have to bridge that gap.

“For my lifetime, I’ve always though Tottenham are a cup team. I don’t believe they are anymore, despite their run in the FA Cup. I think this Tottenham team next season can really push.”

Spurs now sit four points behind league leaders Chelsea with three games to play, but the Blues have a game in hand as they look to go seven points clear at the top.

Antonio Conte’s side play host to Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening, and victory would see the Blues stretch their lead and place both hands on the Premier League trophy.

However, Sutton believes Mauricio Pochettino’s side have not “bottled” anything, suggesting that finishing second is still an achievement that they should be proud of.

It remains to be seen if the former Blackburn, Aston Villa and Birmingham star’s claim of Spurs pushing for the title next season will remain true, as they relocate to the Wembley Stadium.

In other Tottenham news, Mark Halsey believes both Spurs and West Ham should have been reduced to 10 men on Friday night.

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