Tottenham: Full Report Card for Every Position Entering Premier League Season

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Tottenham: Full Report Card for Every Position Entering Premier League Season
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Tottenham Hotspur's starting XI for the recent friendly win over Chicago Fire. Which of them and their other team-mates are looking good for playing time heading into the season?

In less than two weeks, Tottenham Hotspur return to Premier League action. Their first encounter of the 2014-15 season will be a London derby with West Ham United.

It is a potentially fiery opener for new manager Mauricio Pochettino. The Hammers beat Tottenham three times last season, so to a certain degree revenge will be on the minds of those at the North London club.

More importantly for Pochettino, it is his first chance to see in a competitive environment how his players have responded to the various demands placed upon them.

Over the following six pages this article takes a position-by-position look at how each of Tottenham's first-team players are shaping up heading into the new campaign. Each player will be graded on the basis of his current situation, influenced as it might be by last season's form, pre-season performances and the competition for places at his position.

Naturally this is not an exact science, with those on World Cup duty yet to feature in pre-season, while the club's new signings are coming into the squad with a completely fresh start. This will be considered and acknowledged in each player's grade.

We begin at the back with a goalkeeping situation which has notably changed since the end of last season.

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