Tottenham had a solid season this year, but suffered the late and demoralising blow of not finishing in the top four, thus missing out on Champions League football.
However, it is not all doom and gloom at White Hart Lane, with some excellent individual players who have come into the team and, in their first season, delivered outstanding performances.
Hugo Lloris, for instance, proved that he is one of the stand-out goalkeepers in the Premier League, if not, the world.
Jan Vertonghen slid into the Spurs defence like a hand into a silk glove, chipping in with a couple of vital goals as well. He thoroughly deserved his place in the PFA Team of the Season.
As central midfielders go, you will rarely find one who really is the whole package. Moussa Dembele is such a player. Fast, powerful, technically proficient and a decent dribbler, if he could just find the net a bit more often, like he did on that memorable night against Lyon, then Spurs may have just acquired a real diamond. Lewis Holtby also looks like a player who could be a useful addition for the future.
The majority of regular Spurs players also found decent form, with Gareth Bale being a particularly exuberant example. Scoring 21 goals in 33 League appearances and being named PFA Young Player of the Year. PFA Player of the Year and FWA Player of the Year serves to highlight this point.
However, he has not been the only example of improvement within the original Spurs squad with Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon turning their right flank into one of the most impressive and (by far the fastest) in the league.
Michael Dawson has also proved Andre Villas-Boas wrong with his continued defensive prowess.
However, if several changes can be brought about then this core of quality could be turned into a real fighting force. There are a few areas in which Spurs can be considered weak, especially at left-back, playmaker role and in the striking department.
One position Spurs have struggled in for many seasons now is at left-back. Previous managers have always found it a hard spot to fill with Lee Young-Pyo, Erik Edman and Timothée Atouba all being the hoped for saviour.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Kyle Naughton are the latest hopefuls but neither have the quality necessary to consistently protect Spurs’ left flank and provide cover for Bale’s bombarding runs.
The newly-acquired Ezekiel Fryers could be that man in the future but Spurs need someone who is ready now. Step forward Fábio Coentrão. The Real Madrid full-back is out of favour at the Bernabeu, with Marcelo being the preferred alternative.
Villas-Boas will be hoping his fellow native will answer his prayers as the 25-year-old is strong, pacy and can operate in other positions if required. He would cost around £15 million and would be worth every penny.
Since the departure of Luka Modric to Real Madrid, Tottenham have struggled to find an individual who can dictate the play, using their vision to seek out the killer pass to the striker, while allowing Dembele to make his charging runs from deep.
The White Hart Lane faithful thought that man would arrive this summer in the form of diminutive playmaker, Joao Moutinho. He has since joined nouveau-riche Monaco, leaving Villas-Boas with somewhat of a quandary.
This article would suggest that the man to fill Modric’s boots is Christian Eriksen.
At only 21, the Danish attacking midfielder has bags of talent and would be one of the signings of the season. Not physically intimidating, Eriksen has been blessed with great balance and vision.
He could also take some of the goal-scoring burden away from Bale, which was not achieved to any great extent last season. The Dane could probably be acquired for somewhere between £15-20 million.
Finally, the centre-forward role must be filled. While Jermain Defoe is one of the best strikers in the league on his day, he is just far too inconsistent for a club who need a lot of goals if they are to challenge for honours next season.
Adebayor, on the other hand, has been nothing short of woeful up until the final few games of the season where he managed to chip in with a couple of goals to help keep Spurs’ Euro hopes alive.
He should be sold, as he is far past his best and an anchor to Tottenham, generally. Therefore, at least one striker must be brought into to give competition for Defoe and possibly work alongside him.
There are two realistic options, Christian Benteke and Leandro Damiao, both of whom have been closely linked to Spurs.
The latter is the more likely after Villa set a £40 million price tag on their equally large striking sensation.
Spurs have a decent relationship with Internacional after the purchase of Sandro, several years ago, so this deal could very well be on the cards He is a goal-scoring machine and White Hart lane will be hoping he can replicate that form in the Premiership, should he sign for them.
So there you have it. These are the players that I feel could really turn Spurs into a team, challenging for silverware. But what do you think? Have I missed someone, or are my choices hopelessly out of reach. Feel free to leave your comments below.
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