Former player: Tottenham Hotspur will 'achieve big things'

Cardiff City centre back Steven Caulker believes in the potential of his former employers.

Tottenham Hotspur have been playing with a greater movement in the aftermath of Gareth Bale's mega money transfer to Real Madrid as the players bought with the £86m sale look strong and intelligent in the Lilywhite selection.

That is the opinion of former Spurs centre back Steven Caulker, sold to Cardiff City for £8m, who also lauded the White Hart Lane outfit as capable of 'achieving big things' due to the amount of money manager Andre Villas-Boas has invested into the squad.

'Yeah, with the players they have brought in and the squad they have got, they should be achieving things,' said the 21-year-old to Daily Mirror. 'They have spent a lot of money and when teams spend that amount of money you expect big things from them.

'Without Bale they did not have that threat - but they have other players who came in and looked strong. I thought their movement up front was great. With the money they have spent they have got great players with a lot of movement.'

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Tottenham smashed their own transfer fee record three times in the space of a single summer window thanks to the chronological purchases of Paulinho (£17m), Roberto Soldado (£26m) and Erik Lamela (£30m).

Paulinho has a box-to-box style that has seamlessly fitted into Villas-Boas' set-up and his ability to create has already seen him get himself on the scoresheet, secure an assist, while also supplying seven other chances. He is a mainstay of the first XI having participated in all 450 minutes of available Premier League action, is a precise tackler of the football, an accurate interceptor and is not shy in front of goal.

Soldado has converted two penalties in domestic duty, struck twice in Europe while Lamela has been used sparingly as a super-sub. It is Danish maestro Christian Eriksen, though, signed for £11m, who is one of the least heralded of Tottenham's big signings but has made one of the biggest impacts in his few appearances to date.

Eriksen has completed over 90% of his 91 passes in 160 minutes of Premier League football (an accuracy greater than Arsenal's Mesut Ozil), he has already returned an assist while creating six other clear-cut chances (one chance every 22 minutes).

This is not lost on Caulker, who concluded: 'They have got Soldado and [Christian] Eriksen running off and you have got to be focused. When you bring on a £27m-plus player in the last minute, like Lamela, it is going to be difficult. With the money they have spent they will all cause teams problems.'

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