Tottenham: Realistic title challengers?
Despite the imminent departure of Gareth Bale, Andre Villas-Boas' men could challenge for the Premier League title this season
The departure of your best player would be a disaster for any team, but as things stand it looks like a blessing in disguise for Tottenham Hotspur.
The North London club has had the best transfer window in the Premier League this summer by far by significantly upgrading their squad in all departments at the expense of Gareth Bale. The arrivals of Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli, Paulinho and Etienne Capoue have improved the squad significantly and many now consider them as a top four contender. The impending arrivals of Vlad Chiriches, Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen are expected to make them title challengers, if they aren't already.
Bale is reportedly set to become the most expensive footballer of all-time by joining Real Madrid, but before that happens Spurs have obviously their homework by upgrading their squad in all possible areas.
They aren't worried about the departure of Bale, instead they are eager to watch the magic provided by a number of talented youngsters in future. Daniel Levy and co. have learned their lessons from the past sales of Dimitar Berbatov and Luka Modric. This time around, they have bought the replacements before their star man moves out.
The squad is looking top class with or without Bale. In Soldado, they possess a 20-goal striker in their ranks, something which the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal lack this season.
The options in midfield will provoke envy from the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United while the defence looks more secure with the return of Younes Kaboul from injury and new signing Chiriches will provide competition as well as cover.
In goal they have arguably the best goalkeeper in the league in the form of Hugo Lloris. What else does a club needs to become title challengers?
The top three of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have undergone managerial changes this summer and will be vulnerable due to the changes in approach. Arsenal have had a static window and have failed to strengthen their side. And in Villas-Boas Spurs have a tactician who can lead them to a title challenge in the Premier League this season.
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