With the new season almost upon us the lack of transfer activity at Spurs has caused many to play down Tottenhams chances of reaching the top four. The general view seems to be that Liverpool with their new signings will push us out, that Man U. & Chelsea will fight for top spot and Arsenal & Man C. will be too strong. At best, the view is, Spurs will be looking at 6th place. Although there is still time for significant transfer moves from Spurs, Levy has a penchant for last minute deals, it is looking as though we will enter the fray with much the same squad as last season. Having said that the strengthening of the Goalkeeper options, Friedel, should not be ignored. A more confident and settled defence would make a huge difference to our chances of picking up points. Critics it would seem are not taking into account the value of our already strong squad improving their team performances just by virtue of the greater experience gained during the last couple of seasons. The CL journey, an awareness of the qualities of Van Der Vaart and what he brings to the squad. A maturing Bale working out new ways to deploy his talent, and the simple fact that so far at least we have managed to hang on to all our top players. Add to this Redknapps realisation that we need to concentrate on the league and use our younger players in the Euros even without any additions we should be stronger than last season. Teams need time to work together to achieve their optimum performances, Spurs have had this time, Liverpool, Man C., have not. Chelsea have a new manager with new ideas and players and Arsenal could well be weakened by the loss of key players. I don't think this new season is cut & dried, there is plenty of room for surprises and all this does not take into account teams like Stoke, Sunderland & Everton all whom could spring a few surprises. Our current strikers, even if they all stay without additions, will surely fair better than their poor return of last season. Creating chances has never been our problem just take a few more and the whole picture will change. Don't write Spurs off just yet!