Paul Merson has backed Harry Kane to win the Premier League golden boot again next season if he stays at Tottenham but insisted that the Lilywhites will be competing for a Europa League spot with Arsenal, Everton and Leicester.
With several Premier League clubs having already made big moves in the transfer window, Spurs are yet to strike their first blow of the summer.
Fabio Paratici and co certainly have their work cut out ahead of the new season, with the squad looking in need of significant strengthening.
Spurs fans will be hoping that Nuno Espirito Santo is the man to take the club back into the Champions League after the club’s struggles over the last two years.
However, Merson believes that the top four could already be set in stone, insisting that Tottenham will be battling it out to finish in the top six.
He wrote in his column for Sportskeeda: “There’s a big gulf of class between the top four sides in the Premier League and the rest, so the title race could boil down to who wins the mini-league between Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea.
“There is another mini-league involving Arsenal, Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton that could decide the rest of the European spots.”
He also backed Harry Kane to win the Premier League Golden Boot for the fourth time in his career but only if the striker stays at Spurs.
Merson added: “Harry Kane has been linked with a big-money move to Manchester City and could well complete a transfer in the weeks ahead.
“No one knows what’s going to happen, but I think he will win the Premier League Golden Boot – only if he stays at Tottenham Hotspur though!
“I say this is because to win the Golden Boot, you’ll have to play more minutes. At Tottenham, he is the main man and plays literally every minute when he’s fit, allowing him to score bags of goals.
“He’ll obviously continue to bang them in it at Manchester City if completes a move to the Etihad Stadium, but you have to understand that he will not play every game under Pep Guardiola.
“If Manchester City have a big UEFA Champions League game on the horizon and a Premier League encounter against one of the bottom six sides, Kane could well be rested for these games.
“Additionally, if he starts and they are 2-0 up against a side like Burnley or Norwich City, he’ll come off the pitch to get some rest, which won’t be the case at Tottenham.”
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This is perhaps the first season since 2016 where the campaign will not be considered a disappointment for Spurs if they miss out on a top-four finish. Most Tottenham fans would likely take a fifth or a sixth-place finish next season as long as there is some evidence of progress under Nuno.
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