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Tottenham: Premier League dark horses

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Andre Villas-Boas and his transfer team at Tottenham have certainly been busy this summer and are set to hit the £100m mark in the next coming days with the potential arrivals of wonderkid Erik Lamela from Roma and others.

Despite the departure of Gareth Bale looking more and more likely as every day passes, I still think Tottenham could be a team to turn heads this season.

What a squad AVB could have come the start of September. Although Villas-Boas has ruled his side out of the title race for this year already, if the new boys settle quickly then the sky's the limit for Spurs, with fierce London rivals Arsenal still yet to splash the cash and David Moyes failing to land any big names in a difficult transfer window for the Scot.

Villas-Boas is laying the foundations for success at Tottenham and the only way they are heading is up, with Champions League qualification a must this year.

With Spurs having already snapped up ex-Valencia and Spanish goalmachine Roberto Soldado, what can we expect from him?

Roberto Soldado

Poacher. Goalscorer. The two words that sum up Soldado perfectly. He's always alive, buzzing around, ready for a chance. His clinical finishing and fiery personality will make him a favorite among Spurs fans; he's a player who will win them points by himself with his goals.

He racked up an impressive 59 goals in 101 games at Valencia, better than a goal every two games. With the service of Aaron Lennon, Paulinho, Gylfi Sigurdsson, potentially Erik Lamela and Willian - or even possibly Madrid-bound Gareth Bale if the Galacticos can't find the funds to sign him - Soldado will have all the ammunition he needs to be a serious contender for the golden boot this year.

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Paulinho, who admittedly I've only seen in action for Brazil, is certainly a top signing. The complete midfield player for me.

He can occupy both a holding role, but also a higher position. He has fantastic composure on the ball, and will dictate games for Spurs this season from a deeper role, spraying passes all over the park.

He resembles typical Brazilian characters in the way he looks after the ball and enjoys having possession of the football. He's also well built and physically strong, ready for some tough midfield battles this year against the likes of Yaya Toure, Fernandinho and Steven Gerrard.

Nadir Chadli plays as a winger, who it looks like Spurs are hoping to fill the boots of Gareth Bale (a tough job!).

He's physically very strong and powerful. He stands 6ft 2in and is a tough character. He can also play as a second striker and from his record can deliver goals from the wide area. He scored 25 in 84 appearances from the wide left for FC Twente. 

Étienne Capoue has been described as the next Patrick Vieira by former Tottenham defender Graham Roberts... no pressure!

Surely that sums up his game to you. A big strong, 6ft 2in defensive midfielder who can also play at the back. He'll break the play up and look to play a simple passing game - a very effective player with a bright future.

I think Villas-Boas and his team are set for a great season and have made some great acquisitions with still more to come. Maybe it's a little too soon for them to win the league, but next year could be the year.

A top quality manager in AVB, fantastic talent in the squad, the bright talent coming through, money to spend and a strong chairman in Daniel Levy. There's a bright future ahead for Spurs.

Predicted Finish: 3rd

Key Players: Roberto Soldado, Jan Vertonghen, Paulinho, Lloris.

A strong 'core' (central positions) to the side is always important for a successful team.


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