Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel believes his team are stronger following the sale of Welsh star Gareth Bale.
24-year-old Bale, who attracted the attention of Europe's elite after a succession of phenomenal individual displays for the North London outfit, became the most expensive footballer in the sport's history this summer after completing an £85 million move to La Liga giants Real Madrid.
Spurs acted quickly before the close of the transfer window to significantly bolster their squad in preparation for Bale's inevitable departure, with the club breaking their transfer record on three separate occasions to bring Brazilian midfielder Paulinho, Valencia striker Roberto Soldado and Argentine starlet Erik Lamela to White Hart Lane.
Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches, Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen, Belgian Nacer Chadli and midfielder Etienne Capoue were also brought to Tottenham by manager Andre Villas-Boas, and Friedel, who has been at the club since June 2011, believes the Portuguese's squad is stronger as a result of their summer business.
“It’s not always that a manager and a board can turn what could have been a massive negative, losing someone like Gareth Bale, into a massive positive," the 42-year-old told talkSPORT.
“Losing a player like Gareth Bale would normally make your squad weaker, but I don't think that's the case. I think our squad is stronger for it.”
In particular, Friedel, who has won 82 caps for his native USA, singled out Paulinho and Eriksen for praise after the pair's promising recent performances.
“Mousa Dembele has come on [this season] and a lot of that is down to Paulinho being so solid in midfield.
“And Eriksen is one of those special players. He’s got that vision, eyes in the back of his head it seems, and he is a true No.10," he added.
Tottenham are currently second in the Premier League table after amassing 12 points from their opening five top-flight fixtures.
They return to action on Saturday with a hotly-anticipated London derby against rivals Chelsea at White Hart Lane. The clash will see Spurs boss Villas-Boas up against his former club and also his former mentor in the self-proclaimed 'Special 'One' Jose Mourinho.