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Spurs have managed to hold onto Gareth Bale, PFA player of the year and the man who dismantled the reputation of Brazilian defender Maicon. He is more than ably supported by Rafael Van der Vaart, who was a contender for signing of the season last year.
Midfielder Sandro showed huge promise last season. At just 22, I expect big things from the Brazilian, and next season could be a breakout year.
Harry Redknapp is well known for his transfer market exploits, and though he's been quiet so far, expect him to snag a player or two before the transfer season's end. He's also one of the best man managers in the business—his players love playing for him and he'll get the best out of every one of his team.
Failure to qualify for the Champions League could help them on the domestic front, as players will be free from the efforts of mid week games.
They look certain to lose Luka Modric, playmaker in chief whose passing and movement facilitates much of the exciting play of Bale and Van der Vaart.
Goalkeeper Gomes can be brilliant at times, but he is prone to costly blunders. If there's one thing history shows, it's that a consistent keeper is vital to any serious title challenge. Reserve Carlo Cudicini might be a better bet for the number one spot.
A strike force which is high on talent but lacks consistency. Crouch, Defoe and Pavlyuchenko all showed signs of their talent, but none scored regularly over the course of the whole season. As a result, Spurs scored the least of any team inside the top six with 55, behind even the likes of West Brom and Newcastle.
Spurs also conceded more goals than anyone inside the top eight, with 46. They actually looked capable of good defensive play last season (see their performance vs Milan in the San Siro), but don't expect these stats to change too much, as Redknapp loves a swashbuckling attack at the expense of defense.
Failure to qualify for the Champions League could hurt them as Redknapp attempts to attract new talent to White Hart Lane.
Spurs lack the overall talent it takes to make a serious threat for the title. It remains to be seen what transfers Redknapp can pull out of the bag, but barring something extraordinary, it looks like next season will be the same old story for Spurs.
They'll rattle the cages of the top four and look like world beaters one day, then lose to a Wolves or Wigan the next. If they finish inside the top four it will be a huge achievement—as it is, I expect them to be battling for fifth.
To consistently get the results against worse teams, a 20 goal per season striker, a consistent goalkeeper and an increased focus on defense