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Spurs signings show intent for Champions League qualification

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Tottenham have always managed to finish well in the Premier League and have been challenging for the fourth spot and sometimes even the third spot for Champions League qualification over the past few seasons.

However, they have only managed to qualify once for Europe's largest football competition. 

With the arrival of four new signings, who have each brought their own class - to a squad that of course has Gareth Bale and fellow team mates such as Moussa Dembele and Kyle Walker - will spurs manage to qualify for the Champions League again? 

Here is a look at the players they have brought in:

Paulinho (Midfielder) - from Corinthians for €20million

Paulinho, 24, is a box-to-box midfielder who like fellow Brazilian box-to-box midfielders Fernandinho and Ramires, has made the switch to the Premier League. 

He is strong, versatile and a master of timing when it comes to charging into the penalty box. 

Paulinho was one of the, if not the most important players in a Corinthians team that won the Brazilian Championship, Copa Libertadores and Club World Cup title - where the Brazilian club defeated Chelsea. 

Paulinho scored 34 goals in 167 games for Corinthians and should be a key player in the Spurs squad. 

Etienne Capoue (Defensive Midfield/Centre Back) - from Toulouse for €10million

Tottenham are short in defence after Steven Caulker joined Cardiff, while Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul are recovering from injuries. So in comes Etienne Capoue. 

Capoue made 174 appearance for Toulouse, scoring 13 goals. The 25-year-old has also won seven caps for France. He was named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year in 2012, alongside Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. 

Coming from the same club as Moussa Sissoko he will be looking to impress in the Premier League for Spurs and earn his place in their starting XI, be it in the heart of the midfield alongside Paulinho, or in the centre of defence. 

Wherever he is played, make sure to watch out for Etienne Capoue as he makes a name for himself. 

Nacer Chadli (Midfielder) - from FC Twente for €8.1million

Nacer Chadli adds to the increasing number of Belgians in the Premier League and becomes the third Belgian player at White Hart Lane, joining fellow national side team mates Moussa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen. 

He joined FC Twente from AGOVV Apeldoorn in 2010 and played 106 times for the club, scoring 31 goals. Two of those goals were in Champions League matches against Spurs in the 2010-11 season. 

Chadli is the second player to make the move from FC Twente to the Premier League following the arrival of Leroy Fer at Norwich City. Chadli is a speedy winger and will be looking to impress when fighting for places against Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon. 

Also being a World Cup year, and Belgium looking increasingly strong this could be a groundbreaking year for the 23-year-old who already has 14 caps for his country. 

Roberto Soldado (Striker) - from Valencia for €30million

Finally Tottenham have a secured a striker to be feared, a striker which other top clubs would've wanted to have for themselves. 

The arrival of the highest scoring Spanish player in La Liga last season and breaking Tottenham's all-time transfer record will be something for other teams to watch out for. 

The 28-year-old has signed a contract keeping him at White Heart Lane for the next four years and will hope to show why he was worth Spurs breaking their previous record of €20million for Paulinho (signed earlier in the summer). 

Soldado was born in Valencia but began his career at Real Madrid, scoring 63 goals in 120 league appearances for their B side, Real Madrid Castilla. He joined Valencia three years ago and went on to score 80 goals in 146 appearances for Valencia. 

He has won 11 caps for his national side of Spain and managed 30 goals in 46 appearances for Valencia last season. 

With so many talented midfielders playing behind the Spaniard if the team can work together and get good ball to Soldado Tottenham's attack should definitely be one to be feared of in the Premier League, but also in a few years possibly the Champions League.

In all, Tottenham have spent cleverly and brought in player which will help them raise their game that much higher. 

Spurs have missed out on plenty of chances to finish top four before, but if their new players can blend in well with the rest of the team, Tottenham should definitely be fighting for those Champions League spots week in and week out. 

 

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