Contributor Ollie Turner suggests four signings who could take a talented Spurs team from the fringes of the top four in to the title race.
Here’s our fourth piece on ‘four signings to win the league’; this time we are looking at Tottenham. This North-London club has one huge task over the summer, and that is to hold onto Gareth Bale. They are doing this better than esuspected so far, but how can they not just retain their current team, but improve it to a level capable of challenging for the domestic title? It’s a tricky task, but here’s four players that might just do it for them all acquired for the money they seem to have to hand.
Aymen Abdennour – Toulouse
Position: Centre Back
Value: £10 million
Transfer Info: This Toulouse defender has gained himself a huge reputation in France, obtaining the nickname of ‘the Tunisian Beast’. Last summer it was widely thought that the impressive and powerful centre back would join for Arsenal or Liverpool, but interested seems to have cooled. I’m a huge admirer of both Dawson and Vertonghen, but Dawson’s fitness is not something to be relied upon. Abdennour could be an incredible bit of back up, and also an option for the future due to his tender age of 23.
Fábio Coentrão – Real Madrid
Position: Left Back
Value: £16 million
Transfer Info: The defence of Spurs has potential to be incredible, but currently Assou-Ekotto is letting the side down, dipping drastically from the high levels of two years ago. Walker, Vertonghen, Dawson and Coentrão with Lloris in goal behind would be a set up of remarkable pace and all-round strength. With Marcelo ahead of him in the Madrid pecking order, Coentrão has to be looking for somewhere to gain a first team place. A player of his ability needs to be playing at the top of one of the top leagues, and Tottenham are the only team that seem to be a sensible move for the Portuguese international.
Nani – Man United
Value: £16 million
Transfer Info: Nani is an odd player. He has very quick feet and can usually pick out nearly any pass or cross that he wants. But after struggling with injury last season, he was unable to find form and made some uncharacteristic and fundamental errors. Personally, I think the talent is still there, but if he continues to struggle on at his current club, he may become the next Arshavin and never rediscover his form. Tottenham at the moment have one of the world’s best wingers in Bale, and a decent English winger in Lennon. They need to build on this if they want to press for titles in the coming season, and Nani could be just the man to achieve this for them.
Demba Ba – Chelsea
Value: £11 million
Transfer Info: Despite only arriving at Chelsea in the January transfer window, the Senegalese international looks like he could be on his way back out of Stamford Bridge. His goal scoring record has been relatively decent, but with the expected arrival of Rooney and possibly Ibrahimovic, Chelsea will have more strikers than you could shake a stick at. Tottenham are missing a consistent goalscorer, with Defoe and Adebayor being two of the most inconsistent players in the league. Ba could fit the bill perfectly, and may be available on the cheap as Chelsea look to offload.
So that’s our round-up of how Tottenham could get themselves on track to win a trophy in the 2013/14 season. What do you think? Is the team too far off to get themselves into the mix? Will Bale stay at the club this summer? Please join in discussion in the comment section below!
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