For the past few seasons Tottenham have risen to the top end of the Premier League without the finances of teams such as Manchester City and Chelsea.

Until the emergence of Gareth Bale, they didn’t have any real star players but they had a solid foundation that managers have built on over the years. Now, with Andre Villas-Boas in charge, Spurs are attracting some of football's biggest names and people are considering them to be title challengers in the next couple of seasons.

Chairman Daniel Levy made a bold choice by sacking fans' favourite Harry Redknapp and replacing him with Villas-Boas, on the back of a failed period with Chelsea.

However since then Tottenham have performed brilliantly and have arguably become the number one team in north London.

Much of this is down to star man Gareth Bale, but it will need a miracle to keep hold of him this summer with reports saying his anticipated move to Real Madrid will be completed very, very soon.

However, Villas-Boas has made some brilliant signings that many believe will push Tottenham to the next level and help them to win trophies.

Nacer Chadli joined in July for £7million from FC Twente, and although unproven, he is only 24 years old and has impressed at the start of the season for Spurs.

The left-sided player will not be seen as a replacement for Bale but will provide competition for players such as Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend and Erik Lamela, assuming his transfer is completed.

It will be Lamela that will be Bale’s replacement with the Argentinian able to play on either wing or in a central role.

Lamela impressed while at Roma but with a £30million price tag hanging over his head, it will be interesting to see if he can cope with the pressure and fulfil his potential.

Some people have said that the signing of Lamela is a rebound second choice option after missing out on Willian to Chelsea, so he will want to show everyone that he is better than Willian and every other winger in the Premier League.

Another player who has joined is Brazilian midfielder Paulinho. He has impressed people in the Brazilian league over the past couple of seasons, but many wondered whether he could keep this form up on a bigger stage, and he proved he could with a fantastic Confederations Cup.

He is the perfect player that Tottenham need, someone who can protect the back four but also spray the passes around to create chances.

The final player that Tottenham have signed is Spanish forward Roberto Soldado. Tottenham have been crying out for a natural goal scorer for many seasons and they may have finally found one in the Spaniard.

He isn’t the fastest player ever but he can provide you goals, and as long he scores then no one cares how he performs. A £26million deal may seem expensive for someone who isn’t a guaranteed started for his country, but if he has a good season at White Hart Lane then I’m sure he will be Spain’s number 1 striker at the 2014 World Cup.

Even with the loss of Bale, Tottenham should still be able to challenge the top four, and if Villas-Boas brings in some more big name signings next summer then it won’t be long before we see the north London club lifting trophies, possibly making Bale regret his move to the Spanish capital.

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