The Gareth Bale transfer saga was always going to be the biggest story of the summer. Ever since Real Madrid showed interest in the Welsh star, any news of his potential transfer dominated headlines across England. While the football world has been wrapped up in in speculation around Bale, Tottenham as a club certainly haven’t. It seems as though they have been preparing themselves to sell him for a while now, quietly strengthening several areas of their squad earlier in the summer.
Although losing the player of the year will hurt Spurs for now, it may not in the long run. By spending a large amount (£99m) of the £86m funds they received from the Bale transfer, the club has gained several top quality players that could lead them to greater heights than Europa League qualification, and help them establish themselves among the top teams in the Premier League for years to come.
The Brazilian international was signed after an impressive showing at the Confederations Cup, where his all-around effectiveness was in full show. Whether he plays just in front of the back four, or in a more attacking role, he can do any job that Spurs may require on a certain day. Also, due his stamina and composure, Paulinho often both starts and finishes attacking movements, drawing comparisons to Frank Lampard. The 25 year old’s attributes seem to make him a perfect fit in the Tottenham midfield alongside the creativity of Dembele and the physical presence of Sandro, and he should be a fantastic signing if he can adjust to the pace of the Premier League.
Roberto Soldado (£26m)
A clinical finisher is necessary for any team challenging for Champions League spots or beyond, and in Roberto Soldado, Tottenham have just that. Soldado scored 34 goals for Valencia in all competitions last season, doing so in just 43 appearances. Finishing isn’t his only strength though, as he is superb at holding up the ball and bringing other teammates into the play, which is common among top forwards. In terms of presence though, the Spanish international does not offer much and rarely wins aerial battles. Despite this, with good service, Soldado will almost certainly reach the 20 goal mark this season, as top class finishing and great attacking runs will allow him to capitalize on the service from the wings.
Nacer Chadli (£7m)
Despite not being a big name signing, and arriving under the radar, Chadli comes from FC Twente offering important attributes such versatility and trickery to the squad. The Belgian youngster is able to play on the wings or even up top if needed, which is where he is often deployed for Belgium, with mixed effectiveness. His trickery allows him to run at opposing defenders and open up space for other players, which creates chances aplenty. The only question is what role he will be used in this season, as many see him as a squad player that should start from the bench. Whatever capacity he is used in though, Chadli can play an important role in this campaign, as he not only brings impressive skills, but also depth to the team, something Spurs have desperately lacked in the past.