Gary Lineker backs Tottenham to 'steal a march' on rivals in Prem start

Gary Lineker feels Tottenham fans should not be worried by the club's lack of transfer activity -- and believes his old side could "steal a march'' on their Premier League title rivals.

Spurs have sold England defender Kyle Walker to Manchester City in a £45 million deal but as yet have not added to a squad which finished runners-up to Chelsea in the league last season.

Although all of their top-four rivals have strengthened with big-money purchases, Lineker (who played more than 100 games and won the FA Cup with Tottenham) believes there should be no cause for panic ahead of the new campaign which kicks off this weekend.

"It is all very well when you supporters say 'we have not made enough signings, we need three or four new players coming in', but if you look at Spurs they are actually quite a strong team,'' said the former England forward at a Football Writers' Association Live event.

"It could perhaps upset the equilibrium a little bit by bringing in three or four faces, other teams that have, [like] Manchester City and Manchester United, they don't know how they are going to adapt immediately.

"They have got the problem of knowing their best team, the best selection, the best system that suits those particular players.

"Tottenham, and [Arsenal manager] Arsene [Wenger] as well has not brought in too many players, and they might steal a march, get off to a good start because they are the teams which have familiarity amongst themselves and they know what is the best way of playing, so it is not necessarily an advantage to bring in loads of players every summer.''