David Ginola believes his former club Tottenham are contenders to win the 2013/14 Premier League title.
Spurs are currently joint top of the table - in second place behind rivals Arsenal by virtue of goal difference - after picking up four wins from their opening five matches.
And Ginola, who enjoyed a successful spell at White Hart Lane between 1997 and 2000, sees no reason why Tottenham can't win the title this term after strengthening their squad following the departure of Gareth Bale.
“Why not win the title?” Ginola said in an exclusive interview with Goal.com. “The season in England is long but they can do it. The crucial moments are in the spring - in March and April - and Spurs for some reason have sometimes found it hard at this time.
“But they have a better squad to deal with that this year. They are playing as a team rather than relying on Gareth Bale so much. Last year, you knew Bale would produce some magic but AVB wants to focus more on the group now.
“Now other players are more likely to take responsibility and [Gylfi] Sigurdsson is a good example of that because he scored two goals in the win against Norwich.
“The squad is very balanced and that is the best way. You saw with Bayern Munich they won everything last season by playing as a team, being balanced and having quality in all areas.”
Tottenham missed out on a top-four finish last season after being pipped to fourth spot on the final day of the season by the Gunners in Andre Villas-Boas's first campaign in charge at White Hart Lane.
However, the world-record £85m sale of Bale to Real Madrid allowed Spurs to invest £109m in seven new acquisitions, including Argentine winger Erik Lamela, Denmark international Christian Eriksen and Spain striker Roberto Soldado.
Tottenham host Villas-Boas's former club Chelsea, who currently sit fourth in the table, this Saturday.