The management at Tottenham has been busy this summer, bringing in new signings, before the fans can completely comprehend the previous arrival. 

Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Roberto Soldado are set to be joined by Andre Villas Boas' latest signing, Etienne Capoue.

Is the dressing room at White Hart Lane getting a bit too crowded for everyone? Should some of the old boys look elsewhere come the new season?

AVB struggled with injuries last season and Tottenham failed to cope with the extra rigour of playing in the Europa League. Eventually, Spurs failed to finish in the top four and missed out on Champions League football once again. 

Despite that, Daniel Levy and Franco Baldini have done incredibly well in acquiring the services of top players.

Scott Parker missed the first half of last season and his return coincided with Sandro's injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season. Tom Huddlestone's fitness problems further complicated AVB's problems and he was often left with just a couple of options to pick his midfield duo from.

Mousa Dembele had his own share of injury problems during the course of the season, but he would be one of the first names on AVB's team sheet any time. 

The arrival of midfielders Paulinho and Capoue has increased options for  next season. But, it has also intensified the competition for places. Jake Livermore and Tom Carroll are also pushing for more first team action.

Assuming AVB sets up his team in a 4-3-3 formation, he has seven players fighting for three midfield starting positions. The competition for places further increases if the manager chooses a 4-2-3-1 formation. 

Even if Tottenham wish to compete in all four competitions, AVB cannot provide first team football for each one of them. And the ability of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Lewis Hotlby to play in midfield provides more reason for Spurs to sell some of their midfielders.

Parker is not his old-self, and he lacks the creativity required from a box-to-box midfielder. His industrious defensive play was well complemented by Luka Modric's creative impetus.

But Spurs currently lack a player in the mould of Modric. Sandro has already shown his ability as the ball winning midfielder in the team. Parker doesn't have age on his side as well and might have one last move left in him.

Even after eight seasons at the lane, Huddlestone has struggled to established himself at the North London club. He is often described as the typical no-nonsense English midfielder. Lack of flair is made up by his accurate long ball ability. 

In recent times, he has started to come of age and show his true potential. But with Sunderland showing interest and the arrival of better players, AVB will be tempted to take him off of the wage bill.

Livermore's story at Tottenham has been a fairly disappointing one. The Spurs youth product has had half-a-dozen loan spells in four seasons before Harry Redknapp promoted him to the senior squad. 

After getting 38 appearances in Redknapp's last season in charge, the 23-year-old failed to impress the new boss. And he looks destined to be on the way out if a suitable offer comes.

Andros Townsend also might be on the way out after admitting that he sees no future at the North London club. The arrival of Chadli might just help him make up his mind and move to a club that offers him regular football. 

Coming to the forwards, the gaffer had publicly stated that both his existing senior strikers are for sale. Tottenham would be more keen on off-loading Emanuel Adebayor. 

His performances last season in no way justified his £100,000 per week wages. The highest paid player at the club clause in his contract is proving as an obstacle in offering Gareth Bale a new lucrative contract. 

Besiktas have expressed interest, but the Togo international is reluctant to move.

Former boss Redknapp is trying to take Jermain Defoe to Loftus Road in a bid to bring QPR back to the Premier league. But Defoe's fine scoring run at the start of last season and in pre-season might persuade AVB to keep the Englishman at the club. 

In the end, AVB might just look over the squad congestion in lieu of more competition and focus on winning one of the three cup competitions. Spurs have a very good squad at their disposal and AVB has to decide what to do with it.

 

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