It was by far the biggest transfer of 2013.

The Gareth Bale move from Tottenham to Real Madrid was always going to leave Spurs fans asking questions. Will they survive without their main star of the 2012/13 season? 

Will the new additions be able to live up to the high standards the Welshman
left behind? So far, we’ve only witnessed what seems to be a mediocre Tottenham side.

Immediately after the departure of Bale, Tottenham strode into action and saw the likes of Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Roberto Soldado and Paulinho enter White Hart Lane.

These new additions are quality players. There was no doubt that Spurs had done justice for a major controversial departure. However, this season, Spurs have had a somewhat slow campaign thus far.

Currently sitting in an average 10th place, and a mediocre tally of 11 goals in the league, are Spurs fans really getting what they want? It was obvious Tottenham will have a rough time without their star.

Any team losing a player of Bale’s calibre will struggle. However, this position in the league table is a little disappointing for a team that had hopes - albeit it faint - of claiming the league title this season.

They now sit a total of 10 points behind the current leaders. To make matters worse, the current leaders are local rivals Arsenal, who seem to be having their best season in the last five years.

The main man Tottenham look to for goals in newcomer Roberto Soldado. After leaving Valencia with a great record, he was sure to be the firepower Spurs needed to succeed this season.

Whilst he has been a big part at the London club, he hasn’t shown his true abilities. It could be down to the manager or it could be down to the fact that this is his first season at the club.

Either way, Soldado and many other additions have so far been very average. At times, we have seen some quality football from Tottenham  but not as much as we all anticipated.

Recently, they had a close encounter with Manchester United, which ended in a tight 2-2 draw. Having said that, have Spurs really produced the football you would expect from a title contender?

You could ask the same question for Manchester United themselves, although they haven’t lost a massive player like Tottenham have.

At this stage, you can’t write off any team in the top half out of the title race. But can Andre Villas-Boas and his men prove to the footballing world that they really can survive without Bale?

Can the summer additions prove that they really are world-class stars?                        

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