Picking a Dream Tottenham XI Next Season to Include Possible Transfers

Frank WagnerCorrespondent IJune 12, 2013

Picking a Dream Tottenham XI Next Season to Include Possible Transfers

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    With the summer transfer window quickly approaching, Tottenham's personnel looks ready for a shakeup.

    The club looks prepared to make several bids for players across the board, most notably at the striker position.

    Further, manager Andre Villas-Boas appears ready to switch the side to his preferred 4-3-3 lineup as he enters his second season at Spurs.

    So just how different could Tottenham's starting lineup look next season after this summer of change?

    Assuming the club can buy any player they have been rumored to have targeted (yes, that's a big assumption), here is a dream XI for Spurs heading into the 2013-14 season.

GK: Hugo Lloris

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    Goalkeeper is one position Tottenham does not have to upgrade this summer.

    Hugo Lloris had a fine debut season at the club this past year, adjusting well to life in the Premier League.

    There's no reason to suspect that the France captain will do anything but improve this upcoming year.

    Other option(s): Julio Cesar—the Express reports the rumored interest.

LB: Luke Shaw

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    While Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Danny Rose look to be the front-runners to be Tottenham's first-choice left-back next season, Luke Shaw would be a great option in the transfer market.

    The Southampton man has been linked with a summer move away from the Saints, with the Express citing Spurs as a possible destination.

    However, Tottenham will face competition over Shaw's signature, as Chelsea and Arsenal are also in pursuit.

    Other option(s): Danny Rose and Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

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    Jan Vertonghen was a standout for Tottenham this past season, earning a place in the PFA Team of the Year in his first season in the Premier League.

    At just 26 years old, Vertonghen could be a fixture in the Spurs defense for years to come.

    Other option(s): None.

CB: Younes Kaboul

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    Younes Kaboul will feel like a new signing for Tottenham this season, as the central defender missed just about all of last season through injury.

    If the Frenchman can come back as good as he was in the 2011-12 season, he could find his way back to the top of a very competitive pecking order.

    Other option(s): Michael Dawson, Steven Caulker and Bruno Martins Indi—the Daily Mail reports Spurs' interest in the Dutchman.

RB: Kyle Walker

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    Kyle Walker may not have had the best season this past year, but the right-back should have the opportunity to fix that this year.

    The 23-year-old Englishman has the potential to be a staple at full-back, as he made clear in the 2011-12 season.

    However, some poor performances this season could see him quickly lose his spot.

    Other option(s): Sebastien Corchia—the Daily Mail reports the rumored interest in the youngster.

DM: Sandro

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    Sandro's performances in the first part of last season were exceptional, establishing the Brazilian in Spurs' starting lineup.

    His injury in early January was certainly not ideal and had a big impact on the club throughout the rest of the season.

    However, Sandro should be a big factor in Tottenham's upcoming season if he returns in form.

    Other option(s): Scott Parker and Alex Song—the Sunday People reports interest in the Barcelona midfielder (via the Daily Mail).

CM: Christian Eriksen

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    Christian Eriksen's time at Ajax seems sure to end this summer, with the Dane probably making a big-money exit.

    At 21 years old, Eriksen has established himself as a top playmaker in the midfield, something Tottenham has desired since the departure of Luka Modric last summer.

    According to The Independent, Spurs are reportedly interested in Eriksen, and Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf claims the youngster would be interested in a move to the Premier League (via the Express).

    However, Tottenham will face extreme competition, with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, according to the Express, and the Daily Mail claims Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund are also looking to sign Eriksen.

    Other option(s): Lewis Holtby, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey.

CM: Moussa Dembele

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    After a solid first season at White Hart Lane, Moussa Dembele is sure to be a starter next season.

    The Belgian's ability to hold the ball and dictate the tempo has quickly made him a fan favorite and a player that Spurs can rely on.

    However, he had a few injury struggles last year that hurt his season and put the club in a bad position.

    Should he be able to improve upon that this year, Dembele should have a long future at Tottenham ahead of him.

    Other option(s): Lewis Holtby, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey.

LFW: David Villa

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    With David Villa's time at Barcelona perhaps about to come to an end, The Telegraph suggests Spurs are preparing a summer bid for the Spaniard.

    By his standards, Villa had a mediocre season at the Camp Nou as he was just coming off a lengthy layoff due to a broken leg.

    If he can return to his former health, though, Villa would be well worth the money and would surely power Tottenham to its seasonal goals.

    Given that he's 31 years old, though, the move would be a risk.

    Other option(s): Gareth Bale, Clint Dempsey and Mohamed Salah—the Daily Mail reports interest in the Basel player.

RFW: Gareth Bale

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    If Tottenham can hold onto superstar winger Gareth Bale through the summer transfer window, there is no doubt of his place in the starting lineup.

    His actual position in this lineup, though, might come as a surprise.

    The Welshman has been a left-sided player most of his career and spent most of last season adjusting to a more central role.

    However, putting Bale on the right wing is something to at least consider.

    After all, the reigning Player of the Year scored many goals in his amazing stretch of form in which he started his run on the right and cut in on his left.

    In the end, as long as Bale is allowed to roam around the park in the buildup and occasionally switch with his counterpart, there is no reason not to experiment with starting him on the right.

    Other option(s): Aaron Lennon, David Villa

CF: Christian Benteke

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    While Spurs are currently pursuing several options at center forward, the most compelling target is probably Christian Benteke.

    The Aston Villa striker is just 22 years old and still improving, yet has gained great attention from other clubs after netting 19 Premier League goals last season.

    Amongst these interested clubs is Tottenham, according to The Guardian, as the club is in desperate need of an upgrade at the position.

    However, Spurs' biggest competition for the Belgian's signature is probably Aston Villa, as the club is hoping to hang onto their young hot striker for another year, as the Mirror reports.

    Other option(s): Mario Gomez is a target, according to the Mirror. Additionally, The Guardian reports interest in Roberto Soldado and Leandro Damiao.