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Andre Villas-Boas actually contains an exceptional group of players, but the problem is that several of these arrived at the end of the transfer window or were granted extended holidays for their involvement in Euro 2012.
The longer that Villas-Boas has with his squad, it becomes clear that he is gradually piecing together a formidable side that has the potential to improve on Harry Redknapp's achievements in recent years.
No matter who is selected in goal, Brad Friedel or Hugo Lloris, AVB can rely on one of these goalkeepers to be a safe pair of hands, while Jan Vertonghen appears to be one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League already.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Kyle Walker provide pace and athleticism in the full-back areas, and Moussa Dembele and Sandro are already looking like a terrific centre-midfield partnership.
Gareth Bale is a superstar, while Aaron Lennon is finally remaining fit and avoiding those niggling injuries that disrupted his career for so long.
Jermain Defoe is in the form of his career and Emmanuel Adebayor is only on the bench for the time being, which further proves that AVB has the potential to repeat Redknapp's fourth-place finish from last season.