Peter Crouch has said that Tottenham's squad is ready to break into the top four without any incoming players, and is full of belief for the coming season.
The Spurs forward pointed out the vast amounts of money being spent at other clubs, and was hopeful that the north London side would be able to hold off bids for their key player Luka Modric, after the Croatian received a warm reception from the White Hart Lane crowd on Saturday.
“It’s amazing when you look at what the other teams around us have spent. It’s a hell of a lot of money," he said.
“I look round our dressing room, though, and there are a lot of players who I wouldn’t swap for theirs.
“I still believe that we have more than enough ability. We have no one who is going to have to settle into the side, we have played together before.
“I still believe this could be a really big season for us. I think the aim has to be to get into the top four. It is going to be difficult, but I would still put ourselves right up there with a chance.”
Crouch scored the first in Tottenham's 2-1 comeback against Athletico Bilbao on Saturday, a win that Crouch said points the club in the right direction.
“Bilbao are a good side and passed the ball well in the first half and it was important that we got about them in the second half and made it difficult for them. We’ve so much quality that when we do that we’re a match for any team. That was key to us getting a win and that’s important for the season ahead.”
As for Modric, Crouch was heartened that Spurs fans gave the 25-year-old a great response as he came on in the first half, and added that it may well be harder for the midfielder to leave after the positive reaction.
"I think he might have been a bit concerned about which way it would go but he got a great reception," Crouch said.
"That certainly makes it harder for him that the fans are right behind him. He knows that the fans here love him and hopefully he can stay here for as long as he can."
But Crouch is determined to stay and play for Tottenham, even if competition for position gets tough and despite interest from Everton.
“There’s going to be times when, if you’re not playing, there will be speculation. But, as I’ve said before, I’m extremely happy at this club and when given the opportunities I’ll work hard as I can to score as many goals as I can.”
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