With the transfer of Paulinho, from Corinthians for £17 million, Spurs are putting together a midfield that will give every club in the league cause for concern.
The strong defensive midfielder must be enjoying an earned rest after a very strong showing in this year’s Confederations Cup, scoring 5 goals and generally bossing the midfield alongside equally physical midfielder Luis Gustavo.
What really ought to give clubs cause for concern is what his addition means for Spurs’ already packed midfield.
Within the BPL standard 4-2-3-1, Paulinho and another box to box boss of the midfield, Moussa Dembele, ought to line up as Paulinho and Gustavo do for Brazil. Behind a front four that can feature Gareth Bale at CAM or either wing, the pair would be formidable. Dembele has proven himself very capable, especially last season against Manchester City, opposite one of the most physically imposing midfielders in the BPL, Yaya Toure.
In that very same match, however, AVB made the switch from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3. In the case of the latter formation, Paulinho is a fine choice for a sole holding midfielder, with Dembele and Holtby lining up on either side of him. In the game against Manchester City, which ended 3-1 to Tottenham, it was Tom Huddlestone in that deep role. Imagine a more dynamic and simply more talented midfielder, Paulinho, in that role in that match.
For Spurs to make it into a Champions League spot, they will certainly need to retain the services of Gareth Bale, who incidentally proved instrumental to convincing Paulinho to sign. But they come much closer by employing another strong, capable all round midfielder. AVB has many, many options going forward, with Paulinho, Dembele, Holtby, Sigurðsson and others at his disposal.
Any Spurs fan has reason to be excited for next season. They have been quite good at making complementary transfer moves, and if they can keep Bale, should consider themselves a squad on par with any in the top four.