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Tottenham's summer signings: How have they coped?

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Last season, Tottenham missed out on a place in England's top four teams, and hence will spend another season without Champions League football. This may have prompted superstar Gareth Bale to make a multi-million pound move to Real Madrid.

In order to compensate for the Welsh talisman's departure, Andre Villas-Boas made a number of big signings in the summer, hoping to increase Spurs' squad depth and quality. Here's a look at how the incoming stars have performed so far this campaign...

Paulinho 

Villas-Boas picked up Brazilian centre midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians for a fee just short of €20 million. Paulinho has taken to the Premier League like few other new arrivals this season, and really looks to be enjoying his football at White Hart Lane.

Not only is he helping Tottenham dictate the play from midfield as well as do a defensive job on the opposition, but is also chipping in with the odd goal here and there. The Brazilian seems to have been able to maintain his form from the Confederations Cup, and is looking close to matching the potential he showed back in his home nation.

Potential - 8.5/10

Performance - 8/10

Christian Eriksen

The 21-year-old Danish playmaker made a move in the region of €13.5 million from Dutch side Ajax to Spurs over the summer. Eriksen has shown an abundance of class and quality whilst playing in the Netherlands as well as for his country, but only time will tell how effective he proves to be in the Premier League.

In his time on the pitch so far, however, Eriksen has shown his intelligence and has already set up a handful of goals for his side. Being a player with an immense potential, it will be interesting to see what heights Eriksen can reach as the season wears on. 

Potential- 9.5/10

Performance - 8.5/10

Nacer Chadli

The 24-year-old Belgian winger was another to join Tottenham from the Dutch League. Chadli made a name for himself at ex-club FC Twente, and his performances caught the eye of Villas-Boas who acquired the winger's services for just over €8 million.

Chadli has looked solid on the left flank so far this season, but is yet to put in an exceptional performance for his new club. Given some more time however, expect him to impress in the Premier League.

Potential - 8/10

Performance - 7/10

Erik Lamela

Tottenham's new No. 11 Erik Lamela indeed has large boots to fill, taking up the kit number of a certain Gareth Bale. The Argentine youth signed a five-year contract with Tottenham, who paid AS Roma €30 million to prise free the youngster from the Italian club's grasp.

Such a hefty transfer fee at such a young age would only invite pressure onto Lamela's shoulders. So far, he has impressed on occasion, but everybody at the club expects to see Lamela provide a lot more in the future.

Potential - 9.5/10

Performance - 7/10

Roberto Soldado

Villas-Boas signed Valencia forward Roberto Soldado in the search of a consistent goalscorer up front, something Spurs have been lacking over the past few seasons.

The Spaniard came with a hefty €30 million price-tag though, but having shown his quality on both the club and international stage, not too many eyebrows were raised. Soldado's performances have been far from convincing though.

The striker is yet to score from open play for Tottenham, and though he gets into the right areas and is even creating goals for his team-mates, he seems to be lacking any luck whatsoever in front of goal.

Nobody would like to see another expensive Spaniard who just can't score in England however, and hopefully Soldado's quality will be enough to drag him out of this goal drought and into a decent run of form.

Potential - 9/10

Performance - 6.5/10

All in all, Villas Boas' summer signings have looked bright, though far too sporadically. The sooner they adapt to life in the Premier League, the better Tottenham's chances at lifting some silverware this season. 

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