Harry Redknapp believes Tottenham have the strongest Premier League squad this season. The White Hart Lane club sold Welsh international Gareth Bale to Spanish giants Real Madrid for a world record £85m and re-invested the proceeds by signing a number of top quality talent across the pitch.
The club's intention to challenge north London rivals Arsenal for Champions League football next season and eventually the Manchester clubs and Chelsea for the league title was made evident by the fact chairman Daniel Levy twice broke the club transfer record.
Andre Villas-Boas also welcomed a number of other players to his squad, with Belgian winger Nacer Chadli, Brazilian midfielder Paulinho and the highly rated Danish youngster Christian Eriksen among the new faces at the club this season.
And Redknapp believes the raft of signings have transformed his old club into a formidable outfit, one capable of challenging Arsenal. The past two seasons have seen the two rivals separated by a single point each year.
"It won't be easy to get in Tottenham's team with all the players now. For me, it's the best squad in the Premier League now. They've brought some outstanding players in and it's a real strong squad there now. The competition they have everywhere makes them so strong. I think they are going to be right up there this year," the Queens Park Rangers boss told talkSPORT.
"I see Spurs being much stronger than Arsenal this year. I would be very surprised if Spurs didn't finish above Arsenal this year. It should have happened the last two years but this year I think they've really pushed on and bought well over the summer," he added.
However, the early season bragging rights have gone to Arsene Wenger's men; the Gunners beat Spurs 1-0 at the Emirates, courtesy an Olivier Giroud goal. And, despite AVB's massive summer investment, Arsenal may have beaten Spurs in those stakes as well, with the club record transfer of German international playmaker Mesut Ozil.
The midfielder arrived from Real Madrid for a massive £42.4m deal on deadline day and his signing has been hailed by all of the club's key players, including England forward Theo Walcott.
The Premier League is on an international break and club games resume on 14 September, when Arsenal visit Sunderland and Tottenham host Norwich City.