Tottenham Hotspur fans will know that however frustrating the rest of their summer in the transfer market ends up, they will have two key players returning from injury for next season.
Younes Kaboul is back from the injury that kept him out of every game bar the opening fixture of last season, and there is good news regarding Sandro as well, who will join the team on their pre-season tour of Asia.
It is a much-despised cliche that the return of an injured player is like a new signing in itself, but Spurs fans will certainly recognise the boost these players will give the side if they can return to their best form.
Sandro could be going into a new look midfield alongside his compatriot Paulinho and Mousa Dembele, but whether Kaboul is guaranteed to return to the first team is a harder question to answer.
Jan Vertonghen has nailed down one of the two centre-back spots, with the Belgian surely too important to be shifted to left-back regularly again next season.
Michael Dawson partnered Vertonghen for the second half of last season, a remarkable comeback given the England international looked set to leave Spurs last summer.
However with Kaboul now fit, will Dawson find himself relegated to the bench again?
Much will depend on how quickly the French player can return to his best form, if he can at all. Spending a whole season on the side-lines indicates that Kaboul’s injury was severe enough to possibly have a lasting impact on his career, and it would not be surprising to see Dawson start the year as first choice.
Although there is another name to be thrown into the mix, with Steven Caulker hoping to continue his impressive development next season.
Caulker made 28 appearances for Spurs in all competitions last season, and even earned his first full England cap. The 21-year-old has the talent to become a fixture in Spurs’ team over the next few years, and will be hoping to challenge both Kaboul and Dawson for a starting spot next season.
Spurs fans, who do you think should partner Jan Vertonghen in the heart of defence next season?
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