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Andre Villas-Boas still has a point to prove at Spurs

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Andre Villas-Boas has undoubtedly proven his point at Tottenham following his brief and bitter encounter with Roman Abramovich as Chelsea manager. 

The Portuguese coach was cast into the managerial abyss after just nine months at Stamford Bridge, with his ability being called into question. 

And yet at White Hart Lane, Villas-Boas has been given the chance to lead a side in its formative stages – exactly what he was denied at Chelsea.

Although he was unsuccessful in achieving Spurs’ goal of Champions League football, chairman Daniel Levy, thankfully does not have the same cut-throat attitude as his Chelsea counterpart.

Ultimately, Tottenham find themselves at a crossroads. After their final-day heartache of missing out on fourth sport by just a point to their bitter rivals Arsenal, Spurs must use the respite of post-season to add the finishing touches to their squad.

Chiefly, at least one new striker is an absolute must for Villas-Boas, as a lack of goals has hampered Spurs’ Champions League push for the last two seasons. 

Emmanuel Adebayor was widely panned for his performances last season having secured a permanent move to White Hart Lane, and the Togolese striker looks as if he could move to Besiktas.

The Lilywhites have been heavily linked with Christian Benteke, but Aston Villa are said to be demanding £25 million for one of the stars of last season. 

Levy has earned a reputation as one of the Premier League’s toughest negotiators, and may be reluctant to splash out on such a young player having suffered some catastrophic big-money buys in the past - with David Bentley and Darren Bent immediately springing to mind. 

After only one season at Villa, Benteke is yet to prove he can perform consistently at the highest level.

As the transfer window progresses, Spurs look increasingly likely to hold onto prize asset Gareth Bale, who will now pair up with Brazil star Paulinho in midfield. 

It is essential they keep hold of Bale, or they could find history repeating itself. After previous top-five finishes, Spurs relinquished stars Michael Carrick and two years later, Dimitar Berbatov, and went on to struggle.

Rumour has been rife that fan favourite Jermain Defoe is no longer part of Villas-Boas’ plans, but the Portuguese coach may be unwise to irk the Tottenham faithful in such a way.

It is unlikely that Defoe will want to spend another season on the bench, especially with the World Cup in Rio dawning.

Aside from strikers, the majority of the midfield didn’t contribute enough goals last season. 

Moussa Dembele did a consistent job of replacing Luka Modric as chief playmaker, but like his predecessor, did little to add to their goal tally. 

Spurs have already signed Paulinho to fill these boots, but are also said to be courting Ajax’s Christian Eriksen.

To compete with the very top sides, AVB will need to decide on a first choice XI. After Ledley King’s injury problems and subsequent retirement, the Spurs defence is never a certainty.

Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen are sure to hold the defence together, while Kyle Naughton took great strides last season. 

Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been troubled by injuries, and will face competition from returning loanee Danny Rose, so for consistency’s sake Villas-Boas will need to make a choice between the two as the preferred left-back.

Villas-Boas may have silenced some of the doubters, but he still has a long way to go if he is to achieve any measurable success at White Hart Lane. 

 

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