King tips fast start

Former skipper Ledley King believes Tottenham will have an advantage over rivals with so few changes to their squad.

Tottenham: King tips fast startTottenham: King tips fast start

Spurs have added Vincent Janssen for £17million, a relatively modest sum in this summer of eye-watering prices, particularly for strikers, and at 22 he fits with Mauricio Pochettino’s profile of young, moldable talent, happy to fit in with the manager’s stringent style of play.

Victor Wanyama, brought in from Southampton, is more primed for the first team, adding greater depth to a position in which Spurs relied heavily last season on Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele, the Belgian who will miss the first four games through suspension.

An attacking midfielder with pace and penetration is next on Pochettino’s wanted list, and some fringe players may also be moved on, but the mantra this summer is more ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ than ‘to dare is to do’.

“We knew there would be changes at the other clubs,” former Tottenham captain King told Press Association Sport.

“We thought we would have the upper hand coming into the new season with a settled squad and a settled manager.

“Now it’s just about adding a few quality pieces to an already quality squad so we can compete in all the competitions.

“Stability enables you to hit the ground running. The players know what to expect from the manager but also the manager knows what to expect from them.”

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