Being a Tottenham Hotspur fan my whole life, I've come to learn that no matter how well we start a season, in the end we always stumble across the finish line, normally due to two months of patchy form.
If you look at the last couple of seasons we have been comfortably third for most of the season, then crumble, possibly due to the expectation on the players to finish the job.
This season just passed it was due to an over-reliance on Gareth Bale (I mean the man is good but everyone else does need to step it up a bit), along with Jermaine Defoe being injured for a couple of months, and the fact that Emmanuel Adebayor was nowhere near playing like he did when he was on loan in the 2011/12 season.
Even if Spurs don't get relieved of Adebayor's services, there is a need for another striker, so the situation about a lack of strikers does not get repeated in 2013/14.
Christian Benteke was being talked about a lot, but it seemed to be too much of a risk for the £30 million asking price, as he's only been in the Premier league for a season and could be a one trick pony (I hope for his sake it isn't but you never know).
Last term he may have scored 19 goals in the league but it's on record that has struggled to score against the top six teams scoring two against Everton and one against Chelsea, leading to the question that maybe he can't score when the big occasions come around.
I believe that Spurs should have tried to sign Mario Gomez, and I don't really understand how no team in Europe, other than Fiorentina saw how much of an asset he could be to your team.
Roberto Soldado is another player who would make a huge impact at Spurs, but with him happy in Spain and Valencia not willing to let him go for less than £25 million it could just be a major brick wall.
This may sound like an audacious remark, but adding Wayne Rooney would make a lot more sense than any of the above.
He has a proven record in the Premier league, scoring better than a goal every other game for Manchester United, furthermore he is still only 27, and will have another good six or seven years at the top level.
If Tottenham can assure him that Bale will stay on at White Hart Lane, this could be a huge statement by the club, about their seriousness to take strides forward.
Paulinho could be a real coup, at only £17 million he may be one of the best buys of the summer. Alongside Sandro and Mousa Dembele in the heart of the team, it will easily be one of the best midfields in the league.
Now to the question about how Spurs want to offload Clint Dempsey; Well to be honest, I don't think that people are giving him a real chance.
Last season he gave a reasonable return with 12 goals in all competitions, seven of those in the league, with an average of about a goal every four games, which is a relatively good for an attacking midfielder.
He came up with important goals against Manchester United and City, helping push us back into the race for the top four. Dempsey should stay as he can prove to be a valuable member of the squad.
One of the finishing touches to the squad would be to add an extra winger with the purpose of some back-up and competition for Lennon on the right hand side.
A good move would be for Ajax's Christian Eriksen, at only 21 he has a bright future and can play with both feet very competently, for only £14 million he may well be too much of a bargain to pass up on.
Another option would be Jese Rodriguez, who bagged an incredible 22 goals and set up another 12 for the Real Madrid B side last term. It seems like he wants away from the Bernabeu because first team opportunities will be severely limited, so he may well be a 'Real' possibility.
As long as the question mark of the main central striker is filled, I really don't see why this side, with Bale still playing for the Lilywhites, won't be able to compete for at least a top three position this season, as well as a good run in the FA cup and Europa League.
2013/2014 XI: Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Kaboul, Rose, Sandro, Paulinho, Dembele, Lennon, Bale, ?
Subs: Friedel, Dawson, Caulker, Holtby, Sigurdsson, Dempsey, Defoe
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