2013 Tottenham Hotspur August Review

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COMMENTARY | Attempting to put together a Tottenham Hotspur August 2013 review before September 2 was silly on paper and, ultimately, silly in practice. The future of Spurs took a dramatic turn between August 30 and September 1 when the club finalized the signings of their "Magnificent Seven" before saying goodbye to their best overall player for the second straight summer. It's a brand new day at White Hart Lane, and Tottenham have begun a journey that they hope will land them in Champions League one year from now

2013 Tottenham Hotspur August review: The obvious

One can't discuss the past month without quickly mentioning the Gareth Bale move to Real Madrid. History was made, Spurs picked up an influx of talent, you all know the deal. Whether or not Bale was a bit disrespectful to the club on his way out the door is a matter of personal opinion (he absolutely was), but what's done is done, and we'll all move on following the current international break. Thanks for everything, Gareth, and all the best.

2013 Tottenham Hotspur August review: Player of the month

Tottenham still have yet to score other than from the spot in Premier League play this season, and their back line has been a bit suspect, especially in the 1-0 loss to Arsenal. One guy was his old reliable self in the team's opening fixtures, and he was goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Lloris kept clean sheets in his first three games of the year, and he was the only reason Spurs had a chance to earn a point at the Emirates this past Sunday. I've said it before, and I'll continue to say it until things change. There isn't a 'keeper in the Premier League I'd take over Lloris. Not for anything.

2013 Tottenham Hotspur August review: Harsh reality

Spurs fans were understandably excited upon seeing players such as Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Erik Lamela join the club, but all were reminded that this new-look squad is very much so a work in progress and that it's going to take time for the news guys to gel. Chemistry is vital to a winning side, and manager Andre Villas-Boas is going to have to tinker around with different lineups until he finds the one that he will choose every Premier League weekend. Patience more so than earning positive results will be the name of the game for Spurs for the foreseeable future.

2013 Tottenham Hotspur August review: One concern

It was last August when all indications were that Captain Spurs Michael Dawson was not in AVB's plans and set to join QPR. Dawson impressed Villas-Boas in July and August, however, so much so that he was eventually placed back into the starting lineup and named the team's captain. He has found himself in both positions this summer, but things haven't gone quite as well this time around.

Dawson has struggled to keep up in games, and the CB who will turn 30-years old in November will likely only get so many chances moving forward. Younes Kaboul is just about ready to return to the first-team lineup, and Jan Vertonghen is the cornerstone of the defense and quite possibly the top player for Spurs at the moment. Dawson could soon find himself relegated to Europa and cup duties, which may not, in fact, be the worst thing for both player and club.

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Zac has been covering the USMNT, Holland, Tottenham Hotspur, New York Red Bulls, Major League Soccer and other soccer leagues for Yahoo! Sports since 2010.

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