Former Tottenham man Gary Lineker believes that Christian Eriksen could turn out to be the signing of the summer for Spurs with the TV pundit claiming that the club have spent their Gareth Bale money wisely.

Tottenham lost their standout star in the final days of the transfer window but looked well prepared for the 2013-14 campaign without Bale on account of signing seven players.

Eriksen was one of the incoming players who may have fallen under the radar on his arrival to White Hart Lane, with the young playmaker coming in just as Bale was confirming his move to Real Madrid. But he has certainly made an impression since his arrival and has already scored as his side sit second in the Premier League table.

And Lineker, who was in the squad that won Tottenham's last FA Cup in 1991, believes that amongst a host of decent signings Eriksen could stand out come next May.

He told Talksport: "It's very interesting at a time where they have lost a superstar player like Gareth Bale that the optimism is still there because they have at least reinvested that money.

"We often hear [from clubs] that they will put the money they get for a great player back into the side, but it doesn't often happen.

"Spurs did if before they sold Gareth and there's no question some of those players are top quality. Paulinho has settled in very quickly, Lamela is starting to look the part and Eriksen is a terrific talent - he could be one of the best signings of the lot."

While Lineker believes that Tottenham will be a force in the chase for the title this season he has admitted that he would put his money on Manchester City to take the major honours.

"With Manchester United changing things so much, City having a new manager, Jose back at Chelsea, the huge changes at Spurs, [Mesut] Ozil coming in at Arsenal, even Liverpool making a resurgence, I think it could well be the most open season in years," he explained.

"If I had to stake my life on it, I would go Manchester City."