Tottenham have spent over £100 million this summer and will be expected to contend for a Champions League spot in the Premier League. But can this team gel and make a challenge?
Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas has finally been backed in the transfer market this summer. The London outfit have made seven new signings and sold many fringe players.
The arrivals of Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Vlad Chriches, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela spelled the end of Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone, Steven Caulker and Clint Dempsey.
They also, somewhat reluctantly, parted ways with last seasons' star player Gareth Bale - a massive blow.
Spurs have so far achieved six points out of there first three games. They have yet to score from open play and struggled to break down bitter rivals Arsenal in the north London derby where they lost 1-0.
However, Spurs now have a squad with depth and quality and have nearly two players for every position, this has never been the case in the past.
Starting from the back, Spurs have arguably the best goalkeeper in the league in Hugo Lloris. Spurs have good cover for the Frenchman in veteran Brad Friedel and even the erratic Heurelho Gomes.
In defence, they have four quality centre backs in Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul, Michael Dawson and upcoming young signing Vlad Chiriches.
Tottenham now have depth in the full-back areas with Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton competing for a right back spot and Danny Rose and youngster Zeki Fryers fighting for the left-back berth. Vertonghen, Kaboul and Chiriches can also cover full back positions if necessary.
In midfield the London outfit have Sandro and Etienne Capoue fighting for the holding midfield position with Moussa Dembele and Paulinho as box-to-box midfielders.
New signing Eriksen, Lewis Holtby and Gylfi Sigurdsson will be fighting for the number 10 position and will be expected to provide most of the creativity in the Spurs lineup.
Spurs now have four exciting wingers in Chadli, Lamela, Aaron Lennon and Andros Towsend. Lamela adds flair to the team, Chadli and Townsend add strength and power and Lennon provides natural width.
Upfront Spurs have acquired a world-class poacher in Soldado, have an experienced England international in Jermain Defoe and still the enigmatic Emmanuel Adebayor.
Spurs can no doubt challenge for a top four position due to the size of the squad and the versatility and quality of the majority of the players but with such a massive overhaul and the huge loss of Bale Spurs will need to grind out wins at the beginning of the season before the team gels and explodes into life.
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