Tottenham again narrowly missed out on Champions League football after coming up two points short of north London rivals Arsenal.
Here is a team of current and possible future stars that could see them overtake the Gunners in the race for the top four next season, and possibly even towards a first Premier League title.
Manager: Andre Villas-Boas
Villas Boas has proved his doubters wrong this season. Even though Spurs were unfortunate enough not to reach their goal of Champions League football next season, their manager has gone about his job at 'The Lane' with dignity and exceeding popularity. Providing a vision for the future, Villas-Boas leads the march for an exciting future at Tottenham.
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris
In his first season at White Hart Lane, French international Lloris has broken his way through the grasp of veteran shot stopper, Brad Friedel on the Tottenham number one shirt. Proving his class between the posts for Spurs time and time again in the league this season. Rated as one of the best goalkeepers in the world during his time at Lyon, Lloris will be looking to stake a claim for this title once again with his new team next season.
Right back: Kyle Walker
England’s latest challenger for the international number 2 jersey. Kyle Walker picked up the award for Young Player of the Year in 2011/2012, with his blistering pace in attack, agility and strength in defence, he is undoubtedly one of Spurs’ biggest assets.
Centre back: Michael Dawson
Michael Dawson had to prove his worth under new boss Villas-Boas, with the Portuguese tactician ready to sell the Spurs captain upon his arrival. He has done that with Terry Butcher-esque defensive displays time and time again for Tottenham this season, putting his body and mind on the line for his team.
Centre back: Jan Vertonghen
Arguably Tottenham’s most successful signing this season, just edging out Moussa Dembele’s transfer from Fulham. Jan Vertonghen is everything Spurs have been looking for in a Center Back. Defensively sound, creative streaks in midfield and an ariel threat from set pieces, not to mention his calm presence with the ball at his feet in both boxes.
Left back: Fabio Coentrao
The pending loss of Assou-Ekotto at left back for Spurs is a hole to be filled with a proven big stage player. Fabio Coentrao could be the answer to their ever present, missing link in the left back position, with his attacking brilliance and defensive solidarity. Arguably a position that has needed some fresh blood for a while, Coentrao could prove key for Tottenham’s next Champions League push.
Right midfield: Aaron Lennon
A fully flying Aaron Lennon, is all any team could hope for from their right midfielder/winger. Lightening pace, fast feet, trickery, and an ever improving eye for goal and assists. If fit and firing, there is none better in this position than Lennon.
Central midfield: Sandro
An untimely injury blow has kept Sandro out of contention for Spurs this season. But his return will feel like a new signing for the Lily White’s, after his dominant displays in Europe for Spurs last season. The Brazilian is an exciting prospect at White Hart Lane and I’m sure Villas-Boas can’t wait to apply him to his squad.
Central midfield: Moussa Dembele
One of Spurs’ most successful signings of last term. Moussa Dembele has been a creative giant in Tottenham’s midfield. Calmness personified when under pressure, keeping the ball ticking over, and creating goal-scoring chances in abundance. With the promise of more a more successful assault on goal next season, he will be crucial to Spurs’ 2013-2014 campaign.
Left midfield: Gareth Bale
Simply put, Bale was Tottenham’s everything this season. Goals, assists, dead ball magic and a general world class presence. Spurs simply have to keep their key man to move forward next season.
Centre attacking midfield: Christian Eriksen
A goal scoring midfielder is a key contribution Villas-Boas will need to address this coming transfer window. Not enough goals have come from the midfield section of Tottenham’s line-up this season, with Bale playing in a more advanced role. They may need to look no further than a player with the goal scoring ability of Ajax star, Eriksen. While they await the emergence of Lewis Holtby maturing into his inevitable talent, they need some instant success next season.
Striker: David Villa
Tottenham are desperate for a 20 goal a season striker. With that addition, they could see themselves rocketed into Champions League contention, and possibly even higher.
With rumours emerging that Villas-Boas has persuaded the Barcelona hit man to accept White Hart Lane as his next home, he could carry the key. A proven goal scorer at the highest level of club and international football, David Villa is the calibre of striker needed to secure Tottenham’s Champions League hopes next season.
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