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Tottenham: Perfect 2013/14 XI

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How will Tottenham line up next season? (©GettyImages)
How will Tottenham line up next season? (©GettyImages).

With the disappointment of last season on not reaching that vital fourth spot everyone at Tottenham will hope that they can finally achieve it this season.

With Andre Villas-Boas's second season at the helm of Tottenham he will hope that he can continue to reshape the club to his desire by securing crucial players in the window, as well as moving some deadwood players thus freeing up wages.

But most importantly Villas-Boas will be implementing a new 4-3-3 formation that worked so well for him at Porto, certainly a 4-3-3 formation is something very new for the White Heart Lane faithful.

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

The acrobatic goalkeeper joined Tottenham last summer for a fee of £7.9m, also believed to be a risk by Spurs as he was doubted for his physicality. However, Lloris has impressed in goal this season after winning the number one place off Friedel.

Hugo has a safe pair of hands, has great reflexes, controls his box well and has picked up a 'sweeper keeper' reputation which bodes well with Spurs 'high defensive line.

Right-back: Kyle Walker

The young England full-back had a hit and miss last season and will be keen on showing AVB his full potential in the coming season and reignite the form he showed to achieve his Young Player of the Year award in 2012.

The lightning quick full-back will be looking forward to bombing down the right flank for Spurs in the coming season. Tottenham will be keen on fending of interest from London rivals Chelsea who have been linked.

Centre-back: Younes Kaboul

The powerful French centre-half has been plagued with injury throughout the last season and a half and will finally look forward to completing his first full pre-season with the club and hopefully regain a place in the starting XI for AVB.

Kaboul who has strength and pace is also monstrous in both penalty boxes.

Centre-back: Jan Vertonghen

The big Belgian has been one of the best defenders in the Premier League last season who made it into the Premier League 2012/13 XI - and with it also being his debut season, this tells you just how good Jan is.

The adaptable goalscoring centre-half, who has also filled in left-back this season, is as technically gifted as centre-backs come - also notching up a good goal-tally of six for Spurs. I'm confident Vertonghen will be able to kindle a formidable partnership with Kaboul.

Left-back: Fabio Coentrao

The first player who is not actually a Tottenham player as of yet; however, according to various sources Spurs made a £5m bid for the out-of-favour left full-back, which would suggest that AVB is keen on his fellow compatriot.

Coentrao seems to be on his way out of the Bernabeu as he has fallen down the pecking order because of Marcelo, so it seems both club and player are keen to part ways. The Portuguese full-back would be perfect for Tottenham as Villas-Boas seems to want to replace Benoit Assou-Ekotto for a more reliable option.

Coentrao, who has impressed on the international stage for country is defensively well drilled but can add an impressive attacking option on the left flank when required.

The north London club, however, will need to greatly improve their offer of £5m if they are going to secure the services of the Portuguese away from the Catalan giants.

Centre-midfielder: Paulinho

Tottenham's first summer signing of the window and a great signing at that. 

The Brazilian's imminent move to the White Heart Lane outfit seems to have gone down well and Paulinho will fit perfectly in a midfield of three. The goalscoring midfielder seems to be a steal by Daniel Levy as he was voted the third best player in the Confederations Cup and is a regular starter for Brazil.

Manchester City paid £30m for the services of Fernandinho who is down the pecking order in the Brazil ranks to Paulinho who only cost £17m.

The Brazilian will give Tottenham’s three-man midfield perfect balance and has the credentials to become a great Premier League midfielder.

Centre-midfielder: Sandro

Sandro, or more commonly known to Spurs fans as the 'Beast', was one of there most important players at the beginning of the season and was sorely missed when he picked up an injury which saw him sit out the rest of the season on the sidelines.

Sandro, unusually for a Brazilian, is not the most technically gifted player; however, he is just important to Tottenham with his tenacity, breaking up play and winning the ball back for his team.

Sandro is really a masterclass in doing the dirty side of the game which is so important for Spurs as it allows the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon to maraud up the pitch. Sandro will be a vital component of the three-man midfield and will surely aid the balance.

Centre-midfielder: Moussa Dembele

The Belgian powerhouse has impressed very much during his first spell at the north London club and will look to build on a promising start in his second season.

The midfielder is big, fast and strong and has great technical ability on the ball and can anchor a midfield in the right direction.

The only thing he will really look to improve next season is his goal scoring form but other than that, he is a very solid option in midfield for AVB.

Dembele is the final man that makes up a irresistible midfield which will surely be one of the best in the coming season.

Right-wing: Aaron Lennon

Lennon, in my opinion, is underrated. The flying winger was often criticised in previous season for not having a final ball; however, he has improved on that recently as well as scoring a few goals.

The England international adds width and creates space for his team-mates - especially Gareth Bale. You can expect the front three for Tottenham next season to be versatile and mix up there playing position.

Striker: Christian Benteke

The second player included in the list that isn't a Tottenham player; however, Benteke has been heavily linked with a switch to Spurs in the last week as he handed in a transfer request, much to the anger of Aston Villa.

The Belgian also pleaded with Tottenham to sign him before Thursday so he did not have to return to training with Aston Villa; however, according to reports Spurs and Villa are currently negotiating a price for the Belgian as Tottenham do not want to pay any more than £20m while Villa are holding out for their asking price of £25m.

Whether a deal is struck or not, Benteke would be a fantastic addition to the squad and would end Tottenham fans' long wait for a real top striker with the added bonus of him only being 22.

The striker would receive great service and could realistically look to smash 20+ goals in a season. Christian could be the final piece to the puzzle that helps Tottenham achieve its Champions League dream again.

Left-wing: Gareth Bale

Is there anything this man can't do? Bale was in irresistible form last season, adding a lot more goals to his game due to his switch into a more central position, making him one of the deadliest players in Europe.

Tottenham seem set in keeping their prized asset for at least another season with them fending off Real Madrid and having him appear on the front cover of the popular FIFA 14 in a Tottenham kit and also taking part in the under armour kit launch, suggesting that the Welsh star is set to stay.

Bale also done a double sweep on the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards which has further enhanced his reputation. Bale will be Spurs' key man next season and is as important to Tottenham as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are important to their clubs. He has a massive future ahead of him.

 

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