Despite losing star man and game-changer Gareth Bale, Tottenham are capable of mounting a serious title challenge this season.

Not convinced? Here are five reasons to change your opinion.

5 - Manchester United faltering

The Red Devils just don't quite seem to be the same without Sir Alex Ferguson. They appear to be in a transitional period and their lacklustre display against Liverpool suggests work is needed. Now is as good a time as any to pounce and Tottenham certainly have the quality to match the champions. David Moyes' panic buy of Marouane Fellaini implies United's squad needs strengthening and their lack of business in the transfer market has enticed rivals. Rumour of a rift between Moyes and Van Persie haven't helped either. United's season could be a ticking time bomb.

4 - Andre Villas-Boas

Tottenham have a young and hungry manager who has won many plaudits for his modern approach to management. Although not in England, Villas-Boas has experience of a title challenge in Portugal, guiding Porto to the championship and also picking up the Europa League on the way. He is beginning his first ever second season at the same club meaning he is settled and ready for success.

3 - A relatively easy start

Tottenham endured a nightmare start in 2011-2012, facing Man United and Man City as their opening two fixtures. This de-railed their season early. However, this season, two wins from their opening two gave them a confident start.  A defeat at Arsenal may have been a setback, but with games against Norwich, Cardiff, West Ham, Aston Villa and Hull, Spurs could get off to a flying start and gather momentum early.

2 - Strength in depth

Last season, Tottenham had to endure having a small squad and their season suffered because of a prolonged campaign in Europe. However, this season Spurs have the numbers to be able to cope with a cup run. Seven quality acquisitions have come from the Bale move and Rose and Townsend feel like new signings. a large squad means in Europe, Spurs can play a much weaker 11 and still be able to pick up results. This will leave the first-team squad fresh for the league. This could prove to be vital.

1 - Firepower

Yes Spurs have lost 21 goal Gareth Bale but they have replaced him with red-hot Soldado who could be a shrewd buy. Erik Lamela should bring much needed creativity and goals. Jermain Defoe is of course clinical and forgotten man Emmanuel Adebayor means Tottenham have four strikers all capable of finding the back of the net.

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