For the last couple of seasons or so, Tottenham Hotspur have been given the name of the "underdogs" majorly due to the dominance of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.
A messiah named Gareth Bale once toiled hard to somehow help Spurs reach the top four last season but his efforts were in vain.
Arsenal pipped them and finished in the final Champions League place, and yet again Spurs fans were subjected to trolls. But, this time around the north London club looks different from how they were the previous season.
Andre Villas-Boas has done a formidable job in managing and transforming this club into a young and strong side. Spurs had spent lavishly in the transfer market, they had brought in recruits like Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches and an experienced striker like Roberto Soldado.
These are all quality players and will play a huge role this season for the Spurs. But many pundits had earlier said that Spurs will not be a very good side in the absence of Gareth Bale.
However, Tottenham have compelled them to change their opinions quickly. Bale's departure has and will affect them, but they've had a good start to their season and have a tally of 12 points which is five points more than reigning champions Manchester United.
So,there are some reasons why this side is very good, even when there's no one to "Bale" them out.
The capture of Danish playmaker Eriksen has been significant and the 21-year-old has already scored a scintillating goal for Spurs against Tromso. He is being considered the perfect No.10 for the north London side and is a player who can score goals and help others score goals as well.
Eriksen is also one of those products of the famous Ajax youth system, pretty much like Dennis Bergkamp and Luis Suarez. He played an excellent game against a fickle Norwich City side by building up plays and giving very good passes here and there.
Eriksen had spent the last four years with Ajax and had played a pivotal role in their three consecutive Eredivisie title successes. He scored 33 goals in 161 appearances for the Dutch giants, and he has also been capped 37 times by his country.
Spurs are believed to be title challengers this season after signing these quality players. Chelsea may have Roman Abramovich but defender Michael Dawson believes billionaire Joe Lewis is turning Spurs into a top-flight superpower to compete alongside their London rivals.
“We’ve certainly spent some money and made some big-money signings. Some world class players, and that’s only going to improve us," he is quoted saying by the Daily Mirror.
“I’ve been very fortunate in the eight and a half years I’ve had here to play with some top players, world-class players.
“But I think at this moment in time, the depth and the quality we’ve got certainly has to be the best.
“You look at the squad and like the manager says, he’s got two players in each position. Everyone is fighting to play in the Premier League and everyone can do that."
Sometimes it occurs to me that Spurs are a better side than north London rivals Arsenal who had signed German playmaker Mesut Ozil on transfer deadline day. And Brazilian midfielder Paulinho is a kind of player who gives you the perfect definition of the word "power" and "strength".
Paulinho has the ability to play the role of a defensive midfielder who is well capable of making surging runs into the box and also has a very good aerial ability. Capoue's involvement will mean a lot to Paulinho but he is considered to be an unorthodox option in midfield for Spurs who are more than good in that area of the field.
If we examine Paulinho's speed, agility, and tackling ability, Capoue does look like a fine candidate to play as a deep lying playmaker.
And there's no speck of doubt that Spurs will get more goals than the previous season because of strikers like Emmanuel Adebayor and Soldado.
Soldado will be the chief exploiter as he possess a threatening goalscoring prowess and has been selected ahead of Adebayor in some games this season.
And these reasons are actually why I think Spurs have got what it takes to perform far better than last season. With Eriksen in the side it will inspire Spurs pretty much like he did at Ajax. So,I'll predict a top four position for Tottenham come May.
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