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Tottenham Hotspur's new signings: What can they bring to the team?

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Spurs have spent £58.8m on their four summer signings in Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho, and club record signing Roberto Soldado. But where will these new additions fit into the team and what impact are they likely to have? Here is some analysis of what Tottenham's summer spending is likely to bring them for the coming season.

Roberto Soldado - £25.8m

The 28-year-old Spaniard netted 59 goals in 101 appearances for Valencia at an average of 0.58 goals per game having originally graduated from the Real Madrid academy. Soldado is a proven goalscorer with a "fox in the box" style of play, as 58 of his 59 goals have come inside the box. He is instinctive and clever with his movement, and likes to score a lot of first touch goals to catch the keeper by surprise. His first showing against Crystal Palace produced a goal, even though it was a fairly quiet performance, Soldado showed he is lively in and around the box and he will be Tottenham's designated penalty taker having netted two in two attempts already.

He is a clinical finisher who will look to get in the box at any opportunity, which Spurs have been missing in recent years, although one can argue that Jermain Defoe does this job, he has been quite inconsistent and can go missing for large periods of the game, but Soldado has already showed that he will get involved at any opportunity.

There is no question that Soldado will be one of the first names on the team sheet, leaving Defoe and Adebayor to settle for a place on the bench, and with the two having only scored 16 league goals in 59 appearances between them, a 20+ league goal a season striker is of dire need for Spurs, which Soldado can provide. Soldado also has the impressive record of the third best chance conversion rate in Europe's top 5 leagues last season (23.8%), only surpassed by Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.

Paulinho - £17m

The 25-year-old Brazilian initially broke the club transfer record until the signing of Soldado. Paulinho came to the fore during the Confederations Cup, where he helped Brazil to win the trophy along with the individual achievement of being awarded the 3rd best player of the tournament thanks to 2 goals in 4 appearances, with 12 tackles, 5 interceptions and a pass completion rate of 87.1%. 

Paulinho is a box-to-box midfielder who is equally adept to the defensive and attacking side of the game. In the season opener against Palace he was deployed in the holding midfield role alongside Dembele as part of a 4-2-3-1 formation, earning himself a man of the match performance awarded by Sky Sports. Although Andre Villas-Boas may look to deploy his favoured 4-3-3 formation with Paulinho as part of a midfield trio alongside Sandro, Dembele or Capoue. Here he may be given more freedom to push forward and get into the box to score some more goals, as he has done so well for Corinthians and Brazil with 25 in 104 appearances for club and country at an average of 1 goal every 4.16 games.

Etienne Capoue - £9m

The 25-year-old French international looks good value for money. At under £10m, Capoue provides a strong alternative should Sandro, Dembele or Paulinho get injured, suspended or fall out of favour in a midfield trio. In his debut from the bench against Palace, Capoue looked very assured on the ball, playing some good forward passes as well as breaking up the play with 6 interceptions in just 33 minutes, more than any other player on the field. He isn't as well known for his goals as Paulinho with just 13 goals in 174 appearances for Toulouse, but the man with 7 international caps to his name adds strength in depth to the midfield, with extra quality compared to his predecessors Parker, Livermore and Huddlestone. 

Nacer Chadli - £7m

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