Team: Tottenham Hotspur
Manager: Andre Villas-Boas
Spurring them on: Gareth Bale, at the time of writing, is still a Spur. And in Roberto Soldado they have found the answer to their striking woes. If the transfer window closed now, Spurs would be… Stoke-d. Also a plus – AVB has had another pre-season to drum in his philosophy to the North London side. Clint Dempsey has been shuffled quietly out the back door and back to the States; but with the silky Paulinho coming in, the creative midfield stocks are looking good.
Downsides: Adebayor’s contract still has a while to run, so he’ll most likely play rubbish until that time gets closer. Which means that Spurs are putting an awful lot of eggs in Soldado’s basket. Hopefully, for Spurs fans, he turns out to be a Berbatov-like signing rather than a Pavlyuchenko-like one.
Ins: Roberto Soldado (Valencia CF), Nacer Chadli (FC Twente Enschede), Paulinho (Sport Club Corinthians Paulista)
Outs: Steven Caulker (Cardiff City), Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers – Loan), Adam Smith (Derby County – Loan), Ryan Mason (Swindon Town – Loan), John Bostock (Royal FC Antwerpen), Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town), Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town – Loan), Grant Hall (Swindon Town – Loan), Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town – Loan), William Gallas (Free), Jack Munns (Free), Dean Parrett (Free), Jack Barthram (Swindon Town), David Bentley (Free), Jake Nicholson (Free), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC)
The Blog FC Predicts: 5th. Again. With or without Bale, Tottenham will only ever shed their bridesmaids tag if one of the top four drop their bundle big time.
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