Andre Vilas-Boas' Tottenham Hotspur have shown that on their day they can out-play and out-battle any team in the Premier League, with an impressive away triumph at Old Trafford last season followed by home victories against North London rivals Arsenal and big spending Manchester City.

But it wasn't all plain-sailing for the boys from White Hart Lane. Despite the eye catching results, their achilles heel seems to be breaking down the smaller sides, especially at home. Last season, frustrating draws against West Bromwich Albion and ex-Spur Chris Hughton's Norwich City, as well as a home defeat to suprise FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic effectively cost them a place among Europe's elite in next seasons Champions League after missing out by one point.

If Gareth Bale's spectacular solo strikes against the likes of Sunderland and Southampton had not found the net, they could have struggled to find a breakthrough at all. 

So what can they do to iron out these poor results which are blocking their path to Champions League football and a potential title challenge?

Sign a top class 20-goal-a-season striker. Gareth Bale was relied upon to dig Spurs out of a few sticky situations last season, but with a proven frontman alongside him Tottenham could well be a force to be reckoned with.

Paulinho and Nacer Chadli have been shrewd acquasitions by Villas-Boas so far this summer, adding strength and flair to an already mercurial line up, and with whispers that Valencia and Spain interantional Roberto Soldado is close to a move to N17 it gives Tottenham fans optimism that they can at least invade the top four next season. 

With these goals from Soldado (or someone of similar ilk) and a healthy contribution from the ever improving Bale then the Lilywhites' days of struggling to unlock tight defences at home could become a thing of the past.

In previous years Spurs have also been shaky at the back, however under AVB they've built a solid core with French international captain Hugo Lloris between the posts and centre half Jan Vertonghen making the team of the season, along with Michael Dawson who was also particularly impressive last term.

Midfield enforcer Sandro is also nearing fitness which would create an exciting central midfield partnership with his fellow Brazilian Paulinho. If they can repeat last season's form against the top teams then Tottenham could well elevate themselves up to or around the top of the league, as well as challenge for cup and European honours.

It won't be easy for Spurs, with Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United also looking to splash the cash but if they can keep hold of Gareth Bale and add a striker of quality, then they'll certainly be in with a shot.

It already looks like it's going to be a fascinating 2013/14 season without a ball being kicked. Bring on game week one. 


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