Tottenham have already been extremely active in the transfer market this summer, bringing in Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue to White Hart Lane. However, with the sale of Gareth Bale described as imminent by many media sources – and I believe he will end up going to Estadio Bernabeu this summer – there could be a late explosion of signings into Hotspur Way this summer. Below is my view on Spurs’ 25-man squad for the 2013-2014 season, factoring in potential new signings.
Hugo Lloris – Of course.
Brad Friedel – A reliable back-up keeper.
Heurelho Gomes – Will probably still be a Spur on the basis that no-one will pay his wages.
Kyle Walker – First-choice right back and, despite inconsistent performances last year, has age and a lack of competition for his starting spot on his side.
Kyle Naughton – An adequate back-up full-back whilst other areas of the squad require more immediate attention.
Younes Kaboul – The Frenchman is back after a whole season out and has stated that he wishes to break into France’s World Cup squad by the end of the season.
Jan Vertonghen – Of course, after an excellent debut season in Lilywhite.
Michael Dawson – The current Mr Tottenham in my view, his passion, determination and leadership will be vital, even if he doesn’t nail down a regular starting spot.
Vlad Chiriches – The Romanian centre-back’s move to Spurs has been on and off on a couple of occasions this summer but I believe the move will go through and Chiriches will provide valuable depth to Spurs’ defence, being able to cover as a left back as well.
Fabio Coentrao – If Bale goes to Madrid then it is likely that the Portuguese full-back will come the other way, having expressed a desire to join Tottenham.
Danny Rose – Current first-choice left back, although may be relegated to backup if Coentrao does indeed join from the Spanish capital.
Sandro – The Beast returns, and how Tottenham have missed him being the destroyer in the heart of the midfield.
Paulinho – The £17m signing from Corinthians will be eager to impress in his debut season in the Premier League.
Mousa Dembele – The Belgian will be hoping to build on a solid first season at White Hart Lane, although he may face competition for his place if Lewis Holtby lives up to his potential.
Lewis Holtby – Will be eager to make his mark in the white shirt after having a fragmented debut 6 months at Tottenham, having joined from Schalke in January.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – The Iceman faces competition for his place from a whole host of central midfielders, but ‘Thor’ started to find his Tottenham feet towards the back end of last season and will be aiming to improve upon those displays during this campaign.
Etienne Capoue – The £9m man from Toulouse, known for his versatility and his dominance in central midfield, will be looking to find a starting berth.
Tom Carroll – The young Englishman does not need to be registered due to his age, but I believe he should start to feature more in the cups, as he is homegrown and his potential is great.
Willian – The Anzhi playmaker is for sale at the Russian club due to the new owners, and I think that Tottenham should be looking to purchase him in order to soften the blow of the expected loss of Gareth Bale.
Nacer Chadli – Chadli will provide needed cover on the wings and will be keen to establish himself as Spurs’ first choice wing forward.
Roberto Soldado – Need I say more than that?
Jermain Defoe – A club legend, who despite diminishing performances, offers a threat to tired legs from the bench and will be useful cover up top.
Erik Lamela – A like-for-like Bale replacement (if there is such a thing), the Baldini-Roma connection suggests to me the Argentinian will be in Lilywhite by September 2nd.
Leandro Damiao – If you haven’t closed your browser in disgust at reading the name of ‘You-Know-Who’, then I will explain. We still need another out and out striker – who is tall – to cover Soldado and Damiao could be that man – I am hopeful of a Daniel Levy special on transfer deadline day.
Potential Starting XI:
Walker – Kaboul – Vertonghen – Coentrao
Sandro – Paulinho – Dembele
Lamela – Soldado – Willian
Who needs Bale anyway?! What do you think of our potential 25-man squad and how will it fare in all 4 competitions this year? Have your say in the comments below.
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