The dust is beginning to settle from the major shake up which saw three of the top four Premier League clubs change managers, and Tottenham are emerging more and more as genuine title contenders as the new look league begins to take form.
If Spurs had a quality striker last season, the chances are they wouldn’t be playing in the Europa League on Thursday evenings this year.
Not only have they bought a quality striker in Robert Soldado, but they have also added considerable quality in Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Paulinho. Spurs were a force to be reckoned with last season, and only missed out on a Champions League place because of Arsenal’s prolific late season form.
Andre Villas-Boas’ dealings in the transfer window have shown Spurs’ ambitions in the forth coming season; not only do they want to qualify for the Champions League, but they are also going strong enough to challenge for the title.
The early season front-runners, Liverpool and Arsenal, don’t have the strength in depth that is required to see out a 38-game season; however, Spurs, Manchester City and Chelsea do.
Manchester United don’t appear to have the strength in depth, but that didn’t stop them last season. They also have the mentality of champions imprinted on them by Sir Alex Ferguson.
A rejuvenated Wayne Rooney, together with new signing Marouane Fellaini, look to be pushing United in the right direction, and, as always, they will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season. Chelsea are having an early season wobble, and City look beatable.
The departure of Gareth Bale left Spurs in a financial position that allowed them to better their squad, which is exactly what they have done.
Arguably, they have the best midfield – along with Chelsea and possibly Arsenal with the arrival of Mesut Ozil – and a decent strike force, which makes them genuine title contenders.
They were unlucky to lose 1-0 to Arsenal a couple of weeks ago, but then again they have lost that fixture 5-2 in two consecutive years.
The Spurs squad has benefited greatly from the sale of Gareth Bale thanks to Villas-Boas’ business in the transfer season; the silver lining, in this case, looks to have been bigger than the cloud.
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