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Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Steven Caulker insists his old side should be considered as serious contenders to win the Premier League title this season.
The 21-year-old left Spurs this summer to join Cardiff as he bids to make the England World Cup squad for 2014 by playing more first-team football.
Caulker believes the current squad is much better than the one he played with after Spurs signed Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela, Paulinho and Christian Eriksen as they look to qualify for the Champions League.
Even without Gareth Bale, Caulker has been impressed with his former side and feels they can seriously challenge for the Premier League for the first time.
“Yeah, with the players they have brought in and the squad they have got, they should be achieving things,” Caulker told the Daily Mirror.
“They have spent a lot of money and when teams spend that amount of money you expect big things from them.”
Spurs beat Cardiff 1-0 in Wales on Sunday thanks to a late strike from Paulinho.
“It’s slightly different there now,” added Caulker. “Without Bale they did not have that threat – but they have other players who came in and looked strong. I thought their movement up front was great.
“With the money they have spent they have got great players with a lot of movement. They have got Soldado and Eriksen running off and you have got to be focused.”