Currently the only recognised first-team strikers on the books at Tottenham are Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor.

Neither particularly impressed last season - so the north London side will have to buy at least one or two strikers this summer. 

That is if they want to maintain a strong challenge towards securing a top-four position in the league after failing narrowly short of fourth-placed Arsenal last term.

Spurs expressed a strong interest in signing David Villa from Barcelona but Atletico Madrid beat them to the Spanish striker's signature which was a huge blow after they thought they had their man. 

They have also been linked with the likes of Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao and Christian Benteke - although the latter's price tag will mean any bid from Spurs is unlikely.

Having established the need for reinforcements in the goal-scoring department at White Hart Lane, one's attention is automatically diverted to Spurs' strength in midfield. 

Spurs fans will have been encouraged by the news that the club had tied up a reported £17 million pound deal to secure the signature of highly-rated Brazilian midfielder Paulinho. 

The 24-year-old was a stand-out performer for his country's in their recent victorious Confederations Cup campaign. 

Signing a player of Paulinho's quality has already been considered a great coup for the north London club, especially after the fact that the midfielder was linked with a move to Chelsea in January - following Corinthians' FIFA Club World Cup victory. 

Spurs fans remain optimistic that he will bring steel, determination, work ethic and Brazilian flair to their midfield. 

However, they will be hoping this is just the start of a series of marque signings made by Andre Villas-Boas this summer.

The addition of Paulinho to the squad means that AVB can now look at the three central midfield positions in his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. 

Here he can call on the likes of  Moussa Dembele, Scott Parker, Sandro and Paulinho just to name a few. 

Spurs may look to offload the likes of Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore, who will struggle for first-team football if they remain at White Hart Lane next season.

Of the other midfielders, I cannot pick one of Sandro, Dembele, Parker and Holtby and say that he does not deserve to be in the starting 11 for Spurs. 

Sandro is as tough a midfielder as you will find, and has been a fantastic player for the club, owing to his ability to win the ball back and start counter-attacks.

Dembele boasts an absolutely fantastic repertoire of skill, vision, ability to control the game, creativity and technique, and was a brilliant signing by Villas-Boas.

Scott Parker - a personal favourite of mine - is not the most gifted footballer in the world, granted, but he more than makes up for it with his tireless performances, and you will not find too many players more willing to put their body on the line for your team. 

Spurs would do well to ignore rumoured interest from QPR manager Harry Redknapp, and keep the 2011 FWA Footballer of the Year in the team. 

As for Lewis Holtby, the young German had his ups and downs while settling in at White Hart Lane, but he has impressed fans and critics alike - without being individually spectacular - with his workmanlike performances. 

Blessed with a sweet left foot and good vision, he is undoubtedly a long-term asset in Villas-Boas' mind. The same goes for youth product Tom Carroll, who impressed  in the Europa League. 

Villas-Boas will spend the next few weeks pondering over the changes his squad needs, but it probably wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if he sought to focus his attention away from his midfield.

He has a lot of quality at his disposal in that particular area with the likes of Sandro, Paulinho, Dembele, a group of players who perfectly complement each others' qualities and styles of football.

 

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