Is there a new power in London emerging to challenge Chelsea and Arsenal for the crown in the capital?
Supporters and pundits can say what they want about Tottenham Hotspurs Chairman Daniel Levy, but he is making a huge impact in the transfer market this summer. Maybe he hasn’t always made the right moves or done business in an orthodox manner, but he is quietly acquiring a formidable squad to make a run at the English Premier League title.
Even though the eventual exit of Gareth Bale is looming over White Hart Lane like a Nor Easter, the Tottenham squad looks to be serious contenders for the title.
Tottenham has needed some freshening up in the squad for quite a while now. With striker’s Jermaine Defoe, an England International aging, struggling to stay fit and Emmanuel Adebayor unable to recapture the form that made the Togo International so revered in the Premiership, manager Andres Villas-Boas had to search for reinforcements. Also selling veteran midfielders Tom Huddleston and Scott Parker severely weakened a midfielder that now lacks experience.
The reinforcements have come in the shape of word-class talent covering a multitude of needs. The first big splash they made in the summer transfer window was signing Paulinho, the highly rated 25-year-old Brazilian International for €17 million from Brazilian side Corinthians. A revelation to some, Paulinho was arguably the best player in the Brasilerao last season. A true box-to-box mentality, Paulinho not only does the dirty work, but also is just as good at goal getting.
Not resting on his laurels, Levy went out and bought accomplished striker Roberto Soldado. The Spain International scored more goals than any member of Los Rojas domestically, making him a sought after target for most big clubs. The 28-year-old scored more goals than everyone in La Liga besides Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Tottenham paid Valencia €26million for the striker’s signature, a club record.
With speculation continuing to mount about Bale’s future, Tottenham was not willing to wait on a potential replacement. They signed Belgium International starlet Nacer Chadli for a bargain of €7million from Dutch side FC Twente. The talented winger is a more than capable player, with pace and trickery to terrorize defenders.
It keeps getting better; Spurs signed France International midfielder Etienne Capoue from French side Toulouse for €9 million. Capoue is a no nonsense midfielder, a general, protecting the back four and dispossessing opponents regularly. The 25-year-old is the steel in the center of the pitch that the midfield needed. With Sandro, Mousa Dembele and Paulinho, Spurs will boast one of the most physical midfields in world football.
With Tottenham continuing to be linked to other world-class players, it is a good time to be a Spurs fan; money is finally being spent. Erik Lamela is rumored to be the next big signing from Italian side Roma. The 21-year-old has been dubbed the Argentinean Ronaldo, and with good reason. He possesses blistering pace and the ability to take on defenders, sky is the limit for this young lad. The Argentina National side already has an embarrassment of attacking riches at their disposal. With three caps under his belt, it is easy to see why Roma is rumored to want €30 million for his signature.
No Spurs fan can complain about the conviction the club has shown to win in this summer’s transfer window. Even if Villas-Boas can’t convince Bale to stay, on paper Tottenham look like a team destined to make a title run.