Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been busy in the transfer market this summer – but aside from appointing a new manager, Tottenham Hotspur are yet to make a new signing so far this summer.
Tottenham finished ten points behind Arsenal and the final place in the UEFA Champions League last season. Europe League is on the cards for Spurs after finishing sixth, three points behind Everton.
Mauricio Pochettino inherits a good squad of players which included £100 million being spent on them last summer. They are outsiders for a top four finish this season, with Betfair pricing them at 4.9.
No doubt the former Southampton manager will want to bring in a couple of his own players – notable links this past week have been Dejan Lovren whom he brought to St Mary’s last summer, and Ben Davies from Swansea City.
Hugo Lloris has signed a new contract at White Hart Lane which means Tottenham have one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League. The defence needs significant improvement after shipping 51 goals last season – more than any other team in the top eight.
There are plenty of defensive midfielders to help Pochettino protect his defence – Sandro, Mousa Dembélé, Paulinho, Lewis Holtby, Étienne Capoue and Nabil Bentaleb have all played here.
Creativity comes from Christian Eriksen who had an excellent debut season in the Premier League. There is pace down the wings with Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend. They also have Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela who cost the club a fair amount last summer.
Up front, Pochettino will need to get the best out of either Roberto Soldado or Emmanuel Adebayor if he does not bring in another striker this summer. The Spaniard had a dismal first year in England and doesn’t look the part when playing up front on his own. Adebayor, as we all know, is inconsistent.
Arsenal have upgraded their squad with the signings of Alexis Sánchez and Mathieu Debuchy as the Gunners continue to be linked to other star players too. Chelsea have brought in Cesc Fàbregas, Diego Costa and Filipe Luís from the top two sides in Spain last season. Manchester City have signed Bacary Sagna, Fernando and Willy Caballero. Manchester United have brought in Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, as well as being linked to other star players.
When will Tottenham dip into the transfer market for the first time this summer and will they be able to compete with the top four in 2014-15?
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