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The Super Official "Potential Spurs XI for the 2014/15 Season"

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Everyone else is doing it, we might as well get in on the action.

Paul Gilham

Tottenham Hotspur have a new manager in Mauricio Pochettino and we all know that a new manager is going to want new players. Tottenham Hotspur and, perhaps more importantly, Daniel Levy, failed former manager Andre Villas-Boas by not getting him the players he wanted and ENIC can't afford to make the same mistake again. ENIC have consistently failed to deliver Tottenham Hotspur fans a product that they could be proud of and last season's squad was the epitome of that failure. If fan's are supposed to forget the failings of the Levy and ENIC era then Tottenham has to run out this lineup next season.

Goalkeeper - Keylor Navas: I know what you're going to say. "But Bryan, Hugo Lloris is one of the five best keepers in the world." Well, if that was true Spurs wouldn't have finished sixth in the Premier League, would they? Do you really expect me to accept a man who has won a total of zero league titles in his career as a top five keeper? Navas, on the other hand, has won tons of things. Mostly in Costa Rica, which, if the World Cup has taught us anything, is a vastly underrated league. Additionally, Navas has had a huge World Cup tournament in Brazil and while I'm usually wary of players coming off of big international performances (see Pavlyuchenko, Roman) there's no way that Navas isn't the man to take Spurs to the next level. Besides, PSG would probably pay a hefty fee for Lloris.

Right Back - Dani Alves: Barcelona seem all too happy to jettison the man who, since 2008, has been one of their biggest successes. PSG might want Alves, but London and the allure of Europa League football, something Alves has rarely experienced, will be something that might lure the Brazilian to Tottenham. Kyle Walker and his erratic performances and poor defensive efforts should be off-loaded immediately for a tidy a sum and the more responsible and pragmatic Kyle Naughton should be Alves' understudy for a few seasons until Kyle #2 is ready to take over permanently.

Center Back - Steven Caulker: If the Andre Villas-Boas era had one failing, aside from the failures to capture Hulk and Joao Moutinho, it was the sale of Steven Caulker. Caulker could have been the next Ledley King. He should have been a one club man who spent his entire career roaming the backline at Spurs. Instead he spent a season looking fairly mediocre for relegation bound Cardiff. Pochettino needs a big, plodding central defender to complete his high pressing defense, much like what Arsenal have with Per Mertesacker, and I can think of no one better to fill that role than Caulker.

Center Back - Dejan Lovren: The former Southampton man may have had his head turned by Liverpool, but there's no question that he wants to work with MoPo again. It might take £20 million to pry him away from the South Coast, but it's certainly worth it. The likes of Vlad Chiriches and Jan Vertonghen could also be considered here, but neither are really good enough for Spurs and Vertonghen has the added downside of being a total prat.

Left Back - Ricardo Rodriguez: The Swiss international is likely to leave Wolfsburg this summer and the place that makes the most sense for him is Tottenham. He's likely to cost a tidy sum, but Tottenham cannot survive another season with Danny Rose as their primary left back. Sporting director Franco Baldini's failure to land a left back to replace Gareth Bale was his chief failure. Many Spurs fans had counted on the addition of Fabio Coentrao, but with the Portuguese wingback's injury at the World Cup Rodriguez makes the most sense for Tottenham.

Central Midfield - Valon Behrami: If one Swiss player is good, then two is better. Sandro and Mousa Dembele and pretty much everyone else have underwhelmed in their performances for Spurs over the past few seasons. Behrami is an attractive option because he has previous Premier League experience and because Napoli just might consider a swap deal that would allow Spurs to offload the permanently-crocked Sandro.

Central Midfield - Tom Carroll: Say what you like about the diminutive midfielder, he's the closest thing Spurs are ever going to get to Luka Modric. While it might be possible to lure Modric back from the La Liga title-less wastelands of Real Madrid, it's more logical to thrust young Tom into the fire. He got some seasoning in the Championship under Harry Redknapp and that should be all that a young player needs to push on and reach his full potential.

Right Wing - James Rodriguez: Many would suggest that Pochettino allow Erik Lamela to lock up this position or possibly bring in Adam Lallana. Unfortunately, Lamela is shit and Liverpool stole Lallana from us (GET YOUR OWN SCOUTS!). Thus, Spurs must turn to the very raw Colombian prospect. He's looked good at the World Cup, but again that's not exactly an indication of future success. Rodriguez cost Monaco a pretty penny last summer, but if Spurs are willing to send Lamela to the South of France in a part exchange James might come much cheaper. While many believe James would be reluctant to leave the tax haven of Monaco, he's almost certain to want to play matches before more than the 14,000 fans that are usually at the Stade Louis II. White Hart Lane could almost triple his exposure. It's a win for all concerned.

Central Attacking Midfield - Marouane Fellaini: If there's one thing Tottenham Hotspur loves, it's Belgian players. Christian Eriksen was alright for Tottenham Hotspur last season, but if Spurs have a chance to nab Fellaini, who seems to be on the way out at Old Trafford, they must jump on the opportunity. Eriksen was much too small and lacked the physicality needed to succeed in the Premier League. Fellaini could not be more different. If he returns to the role that he excelled in at Everton, then I have no doubt the big Belgian could push Tottenham into Champions League contention.

Left Wing - Memphis Depay: The young Dutch player has looked good in patches at the World Cup and he did similarly well at PSV in the Eredivisie. He's only 20 years old and people are already willing to compare him to a young Cristiano Ronaldo. Never mind that by the time he was 20 Ronaldo had appeared in almost 150 professional matches and made a big money move to Manchester United. Pay attention only to the early goal returns and also totally ignore the fact that the Eredivisie is about as free scoring as any league in Europe, because Portugal isn't that great either. What we need to focus on here is that Depay is young and people think he's good. That should be reason enough to sign him up.

Striker - Romelu Lukaku: Look, I get it. This lineup is going to cost a lot of money, and no one is going to cost more money than Lukaku. However, if Levy and ENIC are going to shed their #ProfitOverGlory reputation they have to put up or shut up and bring another big Belgian into the fold. Chelsea might be reluctant to sell to a rival, but Levy has to do everything in his power to secure the signing of Lukaku. Emmanuel Adebayor is a perpetual malcontent and Roberto Soldado is obviously not good enough. Both should be sent packing and the strike force should be left in the capable hands (feet?) of Lukaku and Harry Kane. The two of them could terrorize Premier League defenses and give Spurs their first pair of 20 goal per season strikers since Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov.

What do you think? Will this XI push Tottenham Hotspur into contention for the Champions League or will Daniel Levy and his ENIC cronies be too scared to spend money and let Tottenham slowly slump toward relegation?