Andre Villas-Boas arrives at White Hart Lane with an exciting squad at his disposal but it's not one without its problems. We look at where the Portuguese may need to make changes as he seeks to prove he's the real deal after a disappointingly brief spell at capital rivals Chelsea.
Last Updated: July 4, 2012 5:21am
Andre Villas-Boas has plenty to do between now and the first game of the season
1) Sort out Luka Modric's future
Securing Gareth Bale's commitment to Spurs was a major coup for the club, but they have been far less successful in persuading Modric to stay. The playmaker was promised a new deal last summer after Chelsea's overtures, but he has yet to commit his future to the club. Modric was not quite at his best last season, but he is still one of the most gifted midfielders in the Premier League. Yet he became unsettled after Chelsea's advances last summer and it looks as if the Blues, and Real Madrid, are keen on signing him before the start of the season. If he wants to go, Spurs should cash in on him. A fee of £30-40million for a man who soon turns 27 represents good value.
2) Sign at least one striker
Emmanuel Adebayor may be a former Arsenal player, but the Spurs fans took to him last year and it is easy to see why. The striker scored 18 goals in 37 games and he proved to be a perfect partner for Rafael van der Vaart up front. His wages, reported to be around £175,000 a week, have been an obvious stumbling block, but if Tottenham can reach some sort of agreement with the 28-year-old then they should. If that is not possible then another hitman must be pursued. Hulk would be a perfect fit but he appears to be on his way to Chelsea. Brazil striker Leandro Damiao and Marseille's Loic Remy are possible alternatives.
3) Resolve Ledley King's future
King has become a hero in the eyes of many Tottenham fans after 14 years of loyal service to the club. His well-publicised chronic knee problems caught up with him towards the end of last season. A youth team goalkeeper clattered into the 31-year-old and King was not the same disciplined player he was in the first two thirds of the campaign. King had an operation at the end of the season in the hope he would be able to give Spurs one more year. Villas-Boas must determine whether King feels he can play at least 20 matches before he gives the out-of-contract star an extension.
4) Clear out the deadwood
Although Villas-Boas will want a big squad, there are plenty of players clogging up the wage bill who could leave. Vedran Corluka, Niko Kranjcar, Louis Saha and Ryan Nelsen have already left, but there are still plenty of others who could be discarded. Giovani Dos Santos, Heurelho Gomes, Sebastien Bassong, David Bentley and Jermaine Jenas were all out of the first-team picture under Harry Redknapp. Clearing them off the wage bill would free up plenty of money for new signings.
5) Go on a charm offensive
Villas-Boas had admirable aims at Chelsea, but in the eyes of many he went about achieving them in the wrong way. He was arguably too forthright in his bid to clear out the old guard and he therefore ostracised himself from many experienced pros at Stamford Bridge. Harry Redknapp was close to the players and his best skill was motivating them. Villas-Boas must develop a similar relationship with the players at their new base in Enfield.