Anderton: “Tottenham can succeed without Keane and Berbatov”

Former Spurs winger Darren Anderton has backed his old club to improve on last season’s eleventh place finish, despite some high profile departures this summer.

Robbie Keane was sold to Liverpool for £20.3m last month, while fellow front man Dimitar Berbatov is expected to complete a move to Manchester United before the big Premiership kick-off on Saturday.

Despite the outgoings at White Hart Lane, Anderton is impressed with the signings the north London club have made and feels they have a better squad than they did twelve months ago.

“I think they (Tottenham) will do well,” commented the current Bournemouth captain. “The league is getting better every season, so you have to improve your squad… they’ve done that this summer.”

Anderton was a much-loved figure during his twelve years with Spurs. Despite a terrible run of injuries, he still made 305 appearances and scored 37 goals for the Lilywhites. His cultured brand of midfield play also enabled him to win 30 England caps.

New signing Luka Modric has been identified by Anderton as a player capable of pulling the midfield strings for Spurs this season. Modric impressed throughout Euro 2008 and was also influential in Croatia’s victory over England last November. “I’ve heard a lot of good things about him,” said Anderton. “He’s a very good player and will definitely improve them (Tottenham).”

The one area Anderton feels Tottenham need to address in the next month is their front line. Asked if there were any negatives of this summer for Spurs, he said “I’m not so sure about selling Robbie Keane… it will be interesting to see how they replace him.”

Tottenham face a trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday, as their push for a top six finish begins. Having won just one in ten of their opening Premiership fixtures last season, Juande Ramos’ men are more than aware of the importance of getting off to a good start this time around.

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