Picking a Tottenham Hotspur Lineup Including Vertonghen, Adebayor and Sigurdsson
It appears the Andre Villas-Boas revolution is in full swing.
Gylfi Sigurdsson's signing has been wrapped up for Tottenham for some time now, but Jan Vertonghen's move to Tottenham was sealed yesterday as Ajax finally came to an agreement with Vertonghen over how much money the club owed him from his transfer.
Tottenham have not stopped there, though. Today, Spurs were able to finalize the permanent signing of Emmanuel Adebayor for just £5 million. He will, however, eat a big chunk of Tottenham's wage budget, as he'll reportedly still earn an astronomical £115,000 per week.
Luka Modric and Joao Moutinho's respective transfer situations are still very much up in the air, and there are rumors that Tottenham will still pursue a young goalkeeper like Hugo Lloris or another attacker like Adrian Lopez, but for the most part, AVB's squad is starting to take shape.
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Unusual for a Tottenham manager, AVB looks set to go into the 2012-13 season with an abundance of options in many positions.
Tottenham are loaded in the center of midfield and defense, as usual, but even on the flanks, Spurs currently possess three decent full-backs for each flank and a number of players who can play out wide, like Giovani dos Santos and Rafael van der Vaart.
Much is still set to change over the next month and a half, but for now, here's how we're predicting Tottenham will line up in 2012-13:
Of course, we've taken the liberty of replacing Luka Modric in the above formation with Moutinho, when in reality Moutinho is still far away from becoming a Tottenham player and believed to be also on Manchester United's radar.
Let's put it this way: Tottenham will start the season with either Modric or Moutinho; not both, but not neither. Dan Levy is way too intelligent of a chairman to put AVB and the club in the position of possibly starting the season with a treasure chest of cash but no adequate replacement signed.
In addition, at least a few players who will likely be made to fight for their position over the course of the season. AVB will likely monitor VDV's performances closely, and if he struggles early on or doesn't fit into the 4-3-3 system, AVB will likely opt for Aaron Lennon or a new signing.
Assuming Tottenham start next season with the formation and players shown, how high can they finish?
Similarly, Younes Kaboul hasn't always been the most reliable performer, and if he struggles, AVB will likely give Steven Caulker or Michael Dawson the opportunity to become regular starters at Tottenham in his place.
Alternatively, Jan Vertonghen may be moved to left-back to replace the more defensive Benoit Assou-Ekotto, opening up a centre-back slot for Dawson or Caulker (or even King if he opts to continue his Spurs career).
There's still much that is unknown to us about Tottenham's plans for this summer, rendering predictions at this point to be largely speculative, but as the season approaches, and we start seeing Tottenham in action, the picture should become clearer.
Certainly, though, with these three big signings, Tottenham is on the right track to meet their goals in 2012-13.
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