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Should Tottenham be content with fourth place?

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Since losing out to bitter rivals Arsenal for a Champions League place in May, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has made a statement of intent in the transfer market with the imminent signings of Erik Lamela and Vlad Chiriches set to make it six new arrivals at White Hart Lane this summer.

Villas-Boas has refused to let Gareth Bale's protracted move to Real Madrid slow down his plans for progression at Spurs, seeking out a string of established internationals from across the continent to spearhead a sustained challenge for Champions League qualification.

With outgoings tipping £100million for the close season should Spurs fans be content with a fourth-placed finish this summer, or is the club's obsession with beating Arsenal undermining their quest to become established as a force in Europe?

Strengthening in attack was definitely a priority for Spurs during the transfer window and the club record signing of Spanish international Roberto Soldado quickly fit the bill.

Spurs were heavily reliant on Bale last season, but the Welshman continued to come up with the goods in a series of virtuoso performances that very nearly carried the club into fourth spot.

Soldado is a proven goalscorer with Champions League experience but will need a consistent supply line, which, a pair of penalties aside, has definitely been lacking in Tottenham's two Premier League wins so far this season.

In terms of midfield options, Spurs have an embarrassment of riches with Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue and Paulinho joining the likes of Mousa Dembele in the engine room at White Hart Lane.

Villas Boas should relish the challenge of finding a system which gets the best out a squad which, for perhaps the first time, has genuine competition for places in every area.

Each member of the the Spurs side should be under the impression that anything less than top form will see their starting spot come under threat throughout the campaign, which may well drive standards to a new high in the blue and white half of North London.

That competition should help Spurs navigate a Europa League marathon without hindering their progress in the top flight. The Europa League is a competition which Villas-Boas took very seriously last season, much to the annoyance of some fans at the Lane.

Lamela's expected introduction could also prove to be a difference maker in Spurs' quest to reach new heights.

The Argentine winger is a confident runner with the ball equally, capable of scoring or creating chances in the final third while also offering a wide outlet that will be lacking when the Bale stand-off finally ends.

If Lamela can adapt quickly to life if London, then Spurs fans should be genuinely questioning if fourth place is the ceiling point of their ambitions this season.

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