A good start to the Premier League season is key, and in Tottenham’s case, a solid start is exactly what they've achieved.
Letting star man Gareth Bale leave last summer was a bold move made by chairman Daniel Levy, but with the cash injection and influx of new talent following his departure, the question on everyone’s lips is - are Tottenham Hotspur title contenders this season?
Many were sceptical of how Spurs were to cope this time round, without their star man, however, the large cash injection provided after the departure of Gareth Bale contributed to a bountiful kitty for manager Andre Villas-Boas to dip into, and that, he did.
AVB is succeeding in his quest to prove there is, in fact, life after Gareth Bale.
Tottenham have a reliable and solid goalkeeper in French stopper Hugo Lloris, with American veteran Brad Friedel providing another option for AVB come cup competitions, should he choose to use him.
With devastating pace in the shape of Kyle Walker & Danny Rose holding the full-back positions and the formidable pairing of Michael Dawson & Jan Vertonghen in the centre, an impressive defence is unquestionably what Spurs possess.
Tottenham’s midfield is the telling evidence of their clear, strength-in-depth squad. Along with Tottenham old boys Sandro and Mousa Dembele, AVB is provided with the choice of any number of players, including new signings Etienne Capoue or Paulinho to play in the centre of the park. Speed on the wings is essential to a creative and prosperous side; the likes of Andros Townsend, Aaron Lennon and record signing Erik Lamela all provide this.
Cristian Eriksen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Lewis Holtby add a certain ingenuity and skill to an already top class midfield. Goals, however, are one thing Tottenham are struggling to find this season in the Premier League, netting only eight times in their past eight games. Strikers Emmanuel Adebayor, Jermain Defoe and Roberto Soldado will have to find form should Spurs continue to fight for the top spot.
So far, Tottenham have achieved 16 points out of a potential 24. This solid start to the Premier League season has been replicated in cup competitions. In both the Europa League and the Capital One Cup, Tottenham are performing to a high standard, achieving wins of 5-0, 3-0, 3-0 and 2-0. If Tottenham can duplicate this impressive standard in the Premier League this season, they will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with.
A telling couple of weeks will see Spurs face both Manchester United and Manchester City back to back, providing a great platform on which to stake their title contender claim. These matches will offer a true test of Spurs’ title winning chances.
Tottenham Hotspur have a solid, in-depth squad, full of young, exciting talent. Providing they can gel together quickly as a unit, they will provide strong, convincing results.
Along with remaining a consistently, fully fit group of players, there is no reason why Spurs cannot challenge for the Premier League trophy this season.
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