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Potential Tottenham XI for 2013-14

The Spurs squad will feature new faces for next season (©GettyImages)
The Spurs squad will feature new faces for next season (©GettyImages).

Tottenham have invested very wisely during this transfer window and even though they are known for not spending mega millions like Manchester City and Chelsea they do have a very strong squad with which they can now realistically challenge for honours.

I have excluded Gareth Bale for the starting line because it is quite clear now that the Welshman’s future lies somewhere else.  

I have decided to use a 4-2-3-1 formation and I know that most of the other authors use this formation too when predicting next season line ups but I think that this formation is truly the best formation out there as two defensive midfielders who have an eye for a long range pass and an attacking midfielder who has amazing long shots and is able to feed the lone striker is vital in any team.

So here is my prediction for Tottenham’s future starting XI:

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

 The French international captain joined Tottenham last season from Lyon and was brought in the replace the ageing veteran ‘keeper Brad Freidel. Lloris made his Spurs debut and kept a clean sheet in the goalless draw against Lazio in the Europa League in September 2012, before his Premier League debut against Aston Villa in October.

He went on to establish himself as the number one ‘keeper in a fine first season at White Hart Lane, eventually starting 27 times in the Premier League in a total of 33 appearances

Left Back: Fabiό Coentrão/Danny Rose

With Madrid desperate to sign Bale from Tottenham they are offering Coentrão as part of the deal. Coentrão is reportedly unhappy in the Spanish capital and has claimed he feels unwanted by the clubs supporters. Fabio Coentrão is one of the best left backs in the current football scene thanks to his solid game in attack, excellent dribbling skills, powerful shot and versatility, which allows him to play anywhere down the wings. He is very experienced despite his young age after playing for many teams and going out on loan a lot.

Should the deal for Bale just compromise of the exchange of money then promising England left back Danny Rose may be chosen. Rose enjoyed a successful loan spell at Sunderland in 2012-13, where he made 29 appearances in all competition including 25 starts in the Premier League. He was named Sunderland's Young Player of the Season.

Centre Backs: Jan Vertonghen and Steven Caulker

An accomplished left-footed centre-back who can also play in defensive midfield or at left-back, Vertonghen is a highly adaptable and multi-talented player who joined Tottenham in the summer of 2012.Vertonghen established himself in the Ajax first-team the following season, playing alongside Johnny Heitinga while Thomas Vermaelen was absent through injury. From then on he went from strength to strength, cementing his place in the starting XI. He is also capable of scoring goals as we against Manchester United which they went on to win 3-2.

Highly-rated and a powerful central defender Caulker made his breakthrough in the 2012-13 campaign. Still only 21, Caulker’s debut season included 28 appearances in all competitions, including 17 starts in the Premier League. He added a couple of goals, including his first for the club in the 2-0 win against Villa in October, 2012. Standing at 1.91m he is a rock at centre back and could form a deadly pairing with Vertonghen covering for him when he goes on one of his runs.

Right Back: Kyle Walker

Having impressed during a few loan spells, Walker returned to Spurs in 2009 and became a first-team regular, while also earning recognition at international level.In 2011-12 he established himself as one of Harry Redknapp's first-choice players at Spurs and has been earmarked for a future at the top of the game by club and country. His pace and stamina down the flanks make him the perfect modern-day full-back and his crossing ability is decent as well.

Centre Midfielders: Paulinho and Lewis Holtby

Bought for £17 million from Brazilian side Corinthians, will provide some stability in a midfield area rocked by injuries. Paulinho enjoyed great success at Corinthians after his switch from Brazilian Serie B side Clube Atlético Bragantino in 2010.

He made a total of 86 league appearances, scoring 20 goals while helping the Sao Paulo-based club to the Brazilian Serie A league championship in 2011 as well as the Copa Libertadores and FIFA Club World Cup a year later. A typical box-box midfielder, Paulinho frequently goes on surging runs to help the attackers in front of him.

Lewis produced energetic displays and sheer enthusiasm in midfield and he made 17 appearances in the Premier League and 6 appearances Europa League. He is good with the ball at his feet, he is aware of his surroundings, has good vision and an eye for goal. However he is still young and he isn’t the most physically imposing player and can drift out of games occasionally.Holtby is an all-action midfielder and German Under-21 captain joined from Schalke in January, 2013.

Left Winger: Nacer Chadli

In the summer of 2010, Chadli signed with FC Twente, and in the ensuing season became a first team player for the then reigning Eredivisie champions. Last season he scored 18 goals in all competitions and assisted 10. Chadli is a very direct winger, his precision, pace and trickery makes him a brilliant player. An enthusiastic runner, he runs down the flanks with great skill and definitiveness before either scoring or making a goal for his teammates. His first touch and control is brilliant, controlling passes without much effort. His technical ability, skill, vision, trickery and pace were apparent in the Dutch League over the past season.

The Belgian also has a good shot on him, composed when one-on-one with the goalkeeper and normally precise with his long range shooting. His rigorous crosses and long range passing skill are also traits the youngster possesses and at only 23 years old he can only get better.

Right wing: Aaron Lennon

Having made the breakthrough as a teenage prodigy at Leeds, he was sold to Tottenham for just £1 million in June 2005 but was kept out of the first-team by the very similar Wayne Routledge.  An incredibly quick player, Lennon offers something different in attack and his ability to beat his man has elevated him beyond his rivals.His pace and trickery initially had pundits purring over him however a loss of form saw him left out of the international scene for two years. However under the tutelage of boss Harry Redknapp he turned his career around and helped the club to seal their first ever Champions League place. One of the fastest players in the Premier League, Lennon's game is based on pace. He has excellent skill on the ball and a keen eye for a pass but his final ball is not always spot on, and he has struggled with consistency in recent years, both in fitness and form.

Attacking Midfielder: Mousa Dembélé

Skilful attacking midfielder joined Tottenham from Fulham in August, 2012. He made an instant impact with a goal on his debut against Norwich City and went on to make 42 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice. He has a tendency to shoot from distance but his passing and dribbling are brilliant and his strongest assets.

Striker: Roberto Soldado 

Almost a done deal, it seems Tottenham have won the battle to secure his signature. Soldado is a proven finisher having scored 59 goals in 101 appearances which averages 1.7 goals a game. Soldado will bring much needed firepower to a squad that lacks a world class finisher.

 

 

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