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Tottenham Hotspur started their new season with an away win at Selhurst Park thanks to a wonderfully taken penalty from striker Roberto Soldado. 

It was the start of a new era for Tottenham and they played with a lot of conviction and purpose for a team integrating new players into their line-up.

Even though they scrambled to a solitary goal win as Crystal Palace asked a few questions in the dying minutes. It's a display which will give much hope for the Spurs faithful.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas handed debuts at the start to three of the four summer signings and introduced the remaining one before the hour mark to shore up things.

Add Danny Rose to the list, who spend last season on loan at Sunderland. This makes it five players into a new team and system which was without its best player and lynchpin from last season - Gareth Bale.

Analyse the performance and result, it indeed points towards a bright new era for the White Hart Lane based team, who displayed some silky football en route to their victory. Who were the difference makers? One needs to look beyond the usual suspects and you will find the new men Soldado, Nacer Chadli, Paulinho and Etienne Capoue shining in their respective roles.

Soldado made the headlines with a well taken penalty, but there were many other things that he brought to London apart from that decisive goal.

He played a vital role in the build ups linking effortlessly well with the midfielders especially Gylfi Sigurdsson. Despite his small figure he reached the end of crosses on a few occasions showing typical poacher instincts while his passing and vision also stood out on occasions.

Finally it looks like Spurs have found out a solid all-round striker to solve their woes in-front of goal.

If you ask anyone in Brazil about Paulinho, they will reply that he is their second best player after Neymar. Even though he didn't reproduce the same level of performance, he carried Spurs team forward in a calm and composed way.

The absence of Sandro and Dembele was a headache for Spurs last season, but this time around they never realised that both were off the pitch when Spurs completed the match. Paulinho was central to Spurs game and with time he is expected to get better in English Premier League.

Chadli might not have raised too many eyebrows with his opening day performance. But he provided the width and penetration which Spurs lacked last season in the absence of Bale and Aaron Lennon.

He showed a few glimpses of his trickery and his deadly shot on the first day itself. He was an outlet for Michael Dawson to ping his long passes which added a new dimension to Spurs attacks as well.

Capoue was a live-wire in the last 30 minutes. His interceptions, passing and positioning were impressive to say the least.

Capoue brought a lot of energy to the field after replacing Dembele and without a shadow of doubt was the best Spurs player in the remaining stages of the match. He carried the team from defence to attack after providing a vital shield in front of the back four.

In the absence of Dembele and Sandro, Spurs lacked an all round midfielder who matched AVB's style of play last season.

Here they have Paulinho and Capoue, both of them proved that Sandro will not find it easy to displace them upon regaining fitness. Soldado is already looking a better option than Defoe and Adebayor. Chadli is also looks like a good addition to the squad as well.

The start was impressive for the quartet. Can they build on from it, to guide Tottenham Hotspur beyond Champions League spot? It looks possible and the 60million spend on these guys are looking like peanuts if they fulfil their potential. Is it time to say, Well played Daniel Levy?

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