A lot has changed since the arrival of manager Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham.

Gareth Bale is now the hottest prospect on the planet, Spurs have smashed their transfer record yet still aren't title contenders - well, according to Villas-Boas they aren't. 

But the revolution under the young Portuguese coach continues to take shape as Champions League qualification is just a stones throw away, along with a potential Premier League title on the horizon.

But with Bale reportedly set to complete a world-record transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid, Villas-Boas has taken full advantage and has been busy splashing the cash.

£7 million for Nacer Chadli, £9 million for Etienne Capoue, £17 million for Paulinho, £26 million for Roberto Soldado and duo Willian and Erik Lamela reportedly set to join for a combined £60 million.

But maybe their best signing this year is Franco Baldini, the club's technical director who made all the funds available. However, performances and results will inevitably overshadow what goes on behind the scenes.

With just a a couple of days before Tottenham's first home game of the new season against Swansea, take a look at the difference in the team from last year to the one that could walk out of the White Hart Lane tunnel on Saturday:

August 25, 2012 vs West Brom

GK: Brad Friedel

RB: Kyle Walker, CB: Jan Vertonghen and William Gallas, LB: Beniot Assou-Ekotto

RM: Aaron Lennon, CM: Sandro and Jake Livermore, LM: Gareth Bale, CAM: Rafael Van der Vaart 

CF: Jermaine Defoe

August 25 2013 vs Swansea

GK: Hugo Lloris

RB: Kyle Walker, CB: Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawson, LB: Fabio Coentrao

RM: Erik Lamela, CM: Paulinho and Etienne Coupe, LM: Nacer Chadli, CAM: Willian 

CF: Roberto Soldado

Now that's quite a change. 

But there could be an issue. With all the new players Villas-Boas has brought in, he faces a tough job to get his new-look squad gelling and playing good football. Yes, they won 1-0 against Crystal Palace on the opening day of the season, but that was only from a Soldado penalty.

Although it's an improvement from their draw with West Brom, the North Londoners will need to get playing high quality football as soon as possible with big games fast approaching. With three London derbies in their next five Premier League fixtures, Spurs will want to prove a point.

But the massive talking point will be Bale. Will the team miss his goals? The Welshman netted 19 times in 29 Premier League appearances last season, goals the team heavily relied on due to poor performances from Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor. 

What has Soldado got to offer? Well, his goalscoring record speaks for itself in La Liga so hopefully he can bring that form to the Premier League. Plus, with the highly creative midfield he has supporting him and creating chances, he should only need one attempt to put the ball into the back of the net.

If you ask me, the current Spurs side will be as good if not better than last season, but the fans and board will need to give Villas-Boas time to get the team playing as a unit. I predict that the starting lineup will near enough be the same week-in-week-out this season, apart from cup games where he may bring through some youth.

Tom Carroll and Harry Kane are just two youngsters that will be hoping for a chance this season.

With the first home game of the season of Saturday, if Spurs sign Willian and Lamela in time, then I can see a demolition. Swansea will find it difficult containing the talent on show, just like they did against Manchester United last Saturday.

My prediction for this season's top six: 1st - Chelsea 2nd - Manchester United 3rd - Manchester City 4th - Tottenham 5th - Arsenal 6th - Liverpool.

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