After we purchased seven new superb players in the summer, André Villas Boas is yet to discover his best starting eleven. During the summer we have brought the likes of Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Christian Eriksen, and Erik Lamela. With the number of options we have, and the incredible amount of depth we now have in our squad, it’s very difficult to choose a ‘number one starting eleven.’ I’ve done some thinking, and I’ve gone and come up with my very own starting eleven:
Hugo Lloris – Without a doubt, he’s the number one keeper at Tottenham Hotspur. We do have Brad Friedel, and Heurelho Gomes as the other two possible options, but most Spurs fans, and André himself, prefer Hugo Lloris in goal every Premier League game. This is probably the only position we are guaranteed to see unchanged every League fixture.
Kyle Walker – I think it’s fair to say that Kyle Walker is by far the best Right Back at our club. Almost all of our fans will prefer to see Walker play at Right Back every game. We do have Kyle Naughton, who can also play at Right Back, but he is not as fast and quick as Kyle Walker is.
Vlad Chiriches – Our newly brought Romanian defender has recently made a name for himself at Spurs. Ever since he first started for us, away to Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup, a lot Tottenham fans have started to believe that he should become a regular starter for us. I personally think he will. He’ll turn into a first team starter for us by the end of the season. I’m sure of it. Kaboul and Dawson are the other competitors for that position, but I’d personally play Chiriches over the pair of them as it’ll do a world of good for his experience.
Jan Vertonghen – One of the first players you’d expect to see on the team sheet is definitely Jan Vertonghen. The Belgium defender has been a major player for us, ever since joining us from Ajax last season. Vertonghen has sealed his place in AVB’s starting eleven last season, and has never fallen out of it. Great player, and he fully deserves his place in our side.
Danny Rose – He is injured at the moment, but Danny Rose is a vital player for us when he is fit. Many Tottenham fans had their doubts over him at the beginning of the season, but most of them have now started liking him. He put in consistent performances against the likes of Norwich City and Swansea early on in the season.
Sandro Raniere – I can’t possibly miss out Sandro, could I? The Brazilian monster definitely has to start right in front of our defence, in order to add extra power and strength to it. We could always replace Sandro with another newly brought player, Ètienne Capoue. The French international could be a superb replacement for Sandro, if he gets injured. We wouldn’t even realise Sandro is gone if Capoue replaces him!
Christian Eriksen – Our newly brought Danish playmaker is a player that most fans hope to see start. He played terrifically against the likes of Manchester City for his former club, Ajax. In a few years time, when he has more experience, he will become an absolute world class player for us. This is one of the most important factors in why I think he needs to start regularly, maybe not every single game, but most games indeed.
Paulinho – We brought the Brazilian for a reported fee of £16m in August. He helped Brazil defeat Spain in the Confederation Cup Final. Paulinho is one of the few players that should start most games. He looked very good in his performances for Brazil in the Confederations Cup. He will do wonders for us as soon as he gains more experience.
Erik Lamela – I watched Erik Lamela play for his former club, AS Roma, several of times. Most of the times I watched him play, I was usually impressed by his performances. Erik is a very young player with a lot of potential. If he is trained the correct way, I have no doubt in mind that he will become an absolute star for us. He hasn’t started a single Premier League game for us yet, but as the season goes on, he’ll seek to impress, and by May, he will be in AVB’s starting eleven. Mark my words.
Roberto Soldado – The Spanish international was in subliming form for Valencia CF last season. I really think he could impress the Spurs supporters a lot this season. Some people fancy Defoe over Soldado, but I really think that as the season progresses, he’ll turn into a phenomenal striker. He’s moved newly to this country, and when you move into our league, it takes adjusting to, and when Soldado adjusts to our League, he’ll knock in goals for fun.
Andros Townsend – The young England international has been in superior form this season. But his problem is his consistency. Townsend can play astonishingly one day, and then on the other, he can go missing. He needs to be more consistent in his performances, and once he is, he will cement his place in André Villas Boas’ team for sure.