A potential Spurs XI without Bale
Gareth Bales future is far from uncertain, Real Madrids refusal to give on up signing the 24 year old has been the transfer saga of the summer. According to a report from The Sun Bale has told his international team mates: ''I'll not play for Spurs Again.'' We look at a potential Spurs XI without the Welsh wizard for the season ahead.
GK: Hugo Lloris
The £12million buy last year from Lyon is Tottenhams undisputed number one. The Frenchmans lighting quick reflexes has seen him regarded as one of the worlds best goalkeepers.
RB: Kyle Walker
CB: Michael Dawson
CB: Jan Vertonghen
LB: Fabio Coentrao
After a rocky start to last season for Michael Dawson (he nearly joined QPR); the club captain went on to form a solid centre-half parnership with Belgian Jan Vertonghen, who was part of the PFA team of the year last season.
Kyle Walker has had some inconsistent moments at right back last season, but the 23 year old has firmly established himself as the teams first choice right-back. On the left could see Fabio Coentrao join Spurs from Real Madrid, the Portugeese international is heavily linked with a move to North London; after manager Carlo Ancelloti told him he is not part of his plans.
RAM: Aaron Lennon
CAM: Moussa Dembele
LAM: Nacer Chadli
I've opted for a Brazilian duo in the centre of midfield for Andre Villas Boas side, ahead of Lewis Holtby. Paulinho was a £17million buy from Corinthians was one of the stars of Brazils Confederations Cup campaign. He could form a quality midfield partnership with the more defensive minded Sandro, who will fell like a new signing for Spurs, returning from a lengthy injury.
Former Fulham star Moussa Dembele has made himself a fans favorite at White Hart Lane last season, and he is my pick ahead of Gylfi Sigurdsson for the centre-attacking midfield berth. On right wing in Aaron Lennon, who on his day, is an absolute terror with his pace and trickery, he can trouble any Premier League defence. On the left is new signing Nacer Chadli, who looked impressive in a recent pre-season game against Espanyol linking up well with Roberto Soldado, the Belgian will hope he can make a great first impact in his first season.
ST: Roberto Soldado
At last Spurs have signed a marquee forward, something which their fans have been crying out for. The £27million signing from Valencia will be key for Spurs this season, the Spanish international scored an impressive 59 goals in 101 games during his 3 years at Valencia.
Expect more cash to be splashed if Bale does leave for the Galacticos, in what has already been a busy summer at White Hart Lane.
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