Having narrowly missed out again on Champions League qualification, Tottenham are looking at ways in which they can get to the next level. Despite possessing a world-class talent in the form of Gareth Bale and some outstanding performers elsewhere on the pitch, having seen them play last season, the impression was that they were a few players short of realising their ambition.

Without the money that playing in Europe’s premier club competition would bring, nevertheless, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has splashed out on one major signing so far in the transfer window – Brazilian international no less. Paulinho, a holding midfielder, joined the club from Corinthians for a fee of £17m despite being linked with the likes of Real Madrid. He will be a likely replacement for an ageing Scott Parker.

To date, Spurs haven’t made any more signings, but the on-going story of Bale’s future at the club may dictate how much more Villas-Boas will have to spend on new recruits. Bale is hugely important for the club, with his goals and proficiency in setting up scoring opportunities needed for them to even be close to making the Champions League for the first time in a while.

Tottenham fans, plus the coaching staff and chairman Daniel Levy will be in two minds as far as Bale is concerned. Should he stay, then he’ll prove useful for another season but the transfer budget won’t be so high. Any departure will see the opposite scenario played out.

Although talented, Paulinho is untested at the highest level of club competition, and spending £17m on someone in that position despite having fellow countryman Sandro to call on seems wasteful. That amount of money could have been spent on another striker such as reported target Christian Benteke, or even someone like Roberto Soldado from Valencia.

At least one extra striker to help provide competition for the injury-prone Jermaine Defoe and inconsistent Emmanuel Adebayor is necessary. So too are reinforcements in defence and on the wings, and some of the Paulinho money could have been used to beef up our worryingly thin squad. Despite that, they do have one extra quality player who might offer some much-needed steel. Expect a busy transfer window from Tottenham in the coming weeks.


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