Tottenham FanZoner Nik Wardle looks at Spurs' signings and departures and considers whether they are stronger after Gareth Bale's exit.
It certainly was a busy transfer window at White Hart Lane. Of course, the big story was Bale's departure but all-in-all the big question is if we're in a stronger position than at the end of last season?
There wasn't any movement in this area, despite Heurelho Gomes understandibly being desperate to move. Hugo Lloris is now a year into his Spurs career and this experience of the Premier League should make him an even safer pair of hands.
Steven Caulker has been replaced by Vlad Chiriches and so the hope is that our scouts have called this one right and the Romanian is a step up. The club obviously feel confident that Danny Rose is superior to Benoît Assou-Ekotto - Rose's early performances indicate he's certainly benefited from his season at Sunderland. If Younes Kaboul can stay fit, his presence will be a huge boost. He's certainly better than William Gallas.
It's Etienne Capoue and Paulinho in, Scott Parker and Tom Huddlestone out. We'll certainly have more of an athletic presence in midfield and the hope is that Paulinho can chip in with a few goals. Sandro's return from injury should also help us win many midfield battles. I fear we may miss Parker's know how in front of the back four in key games, such as last Sunday, though.
Nacer Chadli is certainly a different kind of player to Clint Dempsey and I doubt will score as many goals. Roberto Soldado has already scored goals and surely will hit 15 to 20 in the Premier League this season. Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela are the ones who have been signed to replace you know who. It's obviously a massive ask; but the returning Andros Townsend seems to fancy that challenge!
I think it's fairly well recognised that we should be stronger at the back and in midfield - the massive question is if all of our attacking signings can make up for the loss of our key player. Soldado may well have been bought anyway, so it's basically up to Eriksen, Lamela and Townsend to prove that three are better than one. None of them individually are as good as Bale, but weight of numbers gives us options. I'd certainly take a three is equal to one here and trust our added strength elsewhere will keep us in the hunt for fourth place.
By Nik Wardle, FanZone's Tottenham blogger. Don't forget to follow @FanZone!