August 8 - a date that has been earmarked by soccer fans across the globe.
On August 8, at 12:45, the Barclays Premier League will kick off with a match-up between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Both teams are considered perennial contenders for the top four places in the league, and the spot in the Champions League that comes with it. However, currently one team - United - look much more poised than the other to reach the top four. The reasoning behind that is the summer business that both teams have conducted.
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United have added several players in key areas, including two strong experienced central midfielders with Bastian Schweinsteger and Morgan Schneiderlin, a winger with incredible potential in Memphis Depay, and a much-needed defender in Matteo Darmian.
Also, with the sale of Angel Di Maria to PSG imminent, United could still have a considerable transfer kitty to spend with a month left until the deadline.
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Spurs make small changes
On the other hand, Spurs have opted to tweak their squad instead of making wholesale changes. They added three defenders: Kevin Wimmer from Cologne, Kieran Trippier from Burnley and Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid.
They have sold two defenders and three midfielders and with new rumours of players leaving every day, manager Mauricio Pochettino seems to be cutting the dead weight from his squad.
Even with several players returning from loan looking to make an impact on the first team, Tottenham must do more in the transfer market in order to mount a serious challenge at the top four.
Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen spearhead a powerful Tottenham attack, but they have almost nothing in the way of depth behind them. Eriksen's production fell off in the latter stages of last season, primarily due to his fatigue from starting 45 games over nine months. Kane was also brilliant, scoring 21 goals in the Premier League, but his goalscoring fell off in the late season, attributed to him starting every Premier League game since his debut in November.
The reason that both players were forced to play so many minutes during the season was due to the lack of creativity and talent behind them. Besides Eriksen, Tottenham has no playmaker that can change a game, and they lacked a consistent goalscorer behind Kane for the entire season.
New attackers needed
New attackers should be the top priority for Tottenham in the month of August. They will not be able to last another busy season without playmaking depth behind Eriksen and Kane.
A player like Saido Berahino, who excelled the past season as an out and out striker for West Bromwich Albion but can also perform on the wing, would be a perfect addition for Spurs attacking options.
When you watch the Premier League kick off this Saturday, remind yourself that regardless of the result, the business of most importance will be done off the field.
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