Eric Dier has suggested Tottenham’s six rivals have failed to strengthen their squads despite bringing in new players.
Spurs didn’t make a single signing during the summer transfer window while the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal bought a number of players in an attempt to compete with last season’s champions Manchester City.
Dier, however, thinks Tottenham can now “shut up” their critics, those who have criticised the club for opting against recruiting over the summer.
“It’s a great challenge for us to shut everyone up, really,” Dier said (via ESPN). “We’re going to enjoy that challenge. We’ve got a fantastic squad here, fantastic players throughout the team in every position.”
Liverpool have been particularly busy during the transfer window, filling the appropriate holes in their squad, while new Arsenal manager Unai Emery has freshened up his side.
But Dier believes those clubs haven’t sufficiently improved their squads.
“To strengthen it is not easy as well,” he added. “You can look at all the other teams around us – they might have signed players, but not many of those players that they’ve signed are better than the players they’ve already got.
“Obviously there are signings that have been made which are players of high quality, but in many cases I don’t believe that they’ve signed players that are better than they already have.”
Spurs began the new season with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park thanks to goals from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli.
Fresh from winning the World Cup with France, Hugo Lloris played a starring role in Tottenham’s opening weekend win.
And Dier thinks Lloris’ World Cup medal makes him even more of an inspirational captain.
He said: “He’s someone that everyone in the squad looks up to – even more now. We look up to the quality he brings, the work ethic he brings, the attitude he brings. His style is a quiet style, but silence is sometimes deadly.”