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Gareth Bale and Kyle Walker.

Gareth Bale, Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon raced the length of the pitch in 2013

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Despite earning a reputation for being a 'selling club' down the years, never before has Tottenham's squad been in such a strong position.

Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Kyle Walker are among the bigger names to have departed Spurs in recent times, joining Real Madrid and Manchester City respectively.

But using the money earned from their sales, chairman Daniel Levy has reinvested in cheaper players to much success.

Centre-backs Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld cost a combined £21 million, Victor Wanyama joined from Southampton for £12 million, while Christian Eriksen arrived for just £11 million.

Four top-class players - perhaps even world-class in Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Eriksen's cases - for the price of one Kyle Walker, who joined City for £50 million over the summer. Incredible.

Spurs have always had a nose for a bargain and now they boast arguably the most complete squad in the Premier League.

Blessed with pace and creativity, Mauricio Pochettino's side are a joy to watch, with Gary Neville once admitting Spurs are one of his favourite teams to watch at the moment.

"In the last 18 months they've been one of my favourite clubs," said Neville in 2015. "Pocchetino has brought in [Dele] Alli, he's made [Eric] Dier a midfield player.

"He's moulding English players - he's believing and trusting in them. There was nothing I could like about them before but now I do."

Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Pace is one department that Spurs have never lacked in, such as their 2012/13 squad when Bale was still at the club.

Aaron Lennon, Jermain Defoe and Walker were all at Tottenham at the time, too, meaning they were lethal on the counter attack.

It was against Inter Milan in March 2013 where Spurs demonstrated just how dangerous they were on the break, when Bale, Walker and Lennon basically raced the length of the pitch to support Defoe.

In the video below, the rapid trio sprint from box to box, with one man inevitably coming out on top.

BALE VS WALKER VS LENNON

Surprise surprise, Bale was the quickest. The Welshman used long, powerful strides to roar past Walker, only for Defoe to lose possession.

There's a reason he's the seventh fastest player on FIFA 18.

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Luka Modric
Gareth Bale
Kyle Walker
Aaron Lennon
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