When Sandro and Younes Kaboul return from their respected long-term injuries this summer, it will be a massive boost to the White Heart Lane outfit, adding a bit of bite in midfield and a cool head in defence. 

Last year, Tottenham had an unbalanced team tactically, with Bale flourishing in his new found central role forcing Andre Villas-Boas to build the team around him, meaning players who were not fit for certain roles filling in. 

This often resulted in Gylfi Sigurdsson or Clint Dempsey playing on the left wing, coming in too narrow and blocking Bale's central channel. 

On top of this, after Sandro's injury last season, Spurs lost a little something which they never regained all season. 

As much as Scott Parker has been a great servant to the club, he is not of Champions League quality, often slowing down the pace of play with a slow turn or looking for the sidewards pass. 

This, although on the surface seems like a small crime, runs against the whole philosophy that Villas-Boas aims to install in his teams.

Villas-Boas sets his teams up to be fast on the counter attack, something which is frightening to play against, and causing problems for even the very best in the league, with Tottenham getting a win and a draw against Manchester United last season. 

However, if Parker slows down the pace of the counter attack,it undermines the players who like to drive forward. 

Sandro allows Mousa Dembele to fully express himself and make the driving runs forward, due to his ability to get back faster, should the attack fail.

When Sandro got injured, it changed the role that Dembele had to play and left many pundits to say he had lost his early season form. 

However, this is not the case. His role in the side had changed, meaning he couldn't charge forward as frequently and had to remain responsible at the back. 

Villas-Boas has the ultimate aim of switching to a 4-3-3 formation, and Sandro would be central to this.

The other key part of Villas-Boas' philosophy is remain solid in defence and being difficult to break down, closing down space and frustrating the opposition, thus forcing them to commit players forward and leaving room for the lightening quick counter attack. 

Last season, Spurs sometimes lacked this responsibility or were just tired due to the fixture congestion. 

Jan Vertonghen was absolutely great for Tottenham last year, looking like a young Ledley King, however there was a lot of pressure on him to succeed, despite it only being his first season in the Premier League. 

Steven Caulker has the potential to be a fantastic centre back, however he is by no means ready, looking nervous and erratic from time to time. Micheal Dawson was also crucial to Tottenham in the second half the season, but the fact that he remains injury-prone means that Spurs cannot rely on him.

Kaboul is an experienced head and also has a lot of strength and pace which will provide Tottenham with a much improved outfit next year. 

Partner this with Sandro protecting the defence, and a freer Dembele, and you get a significantly more balanced and solid team.

The spine of Hugo Lloris, Vertonghen and Kaboul, Sandro and Dembele, and Gareth Bale is a core young squad that, with a few additions, could challenge the top four.

 

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