Club guide: Tottenham Hotspur

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Title: 33-1 Relegation: 100-1 Sack Race: 30-1



Sandro (Internacional, £6m)

total spent: £6m


A Taarabt (QPR, £1m), J Walker (released), J Bostock (Hull, loan), D Parrett (Plymouth, loan)

total made: £1m

Player to watch

Gareth Bale. Once he got over the bizarre record of never having played in a winning Spurs side, the young Welshman established himself as a fine left-sided player.

Squad worries

Injury-prone centre-halves mean defensive cover will be thin. Attacking options are good as long as four or five strikers can be kept happy.

Manager speak

Harry Redknapp’s reputation as a wheelerdealer does not do justice to his knowledge and judgement of players. Would have liked to wheel and deal a bit more this summer.

Story of the summer

Depressingly low key for most fans. Despite the allure of Champions League football, Brazilian Sandro is the sole new arrival, and even he hasn’t joined yet. Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko remain at the club, despite being repeatedly linked with moves.

Last season 4th

Pipped City to the final Champions League spot.

This season 6th

Will find Europe a distraction, whatever it has in store.