Sunday, 11 August 2013

Summer Signing Review: Etienne Capoue

Hello again everyone and welcome to my latest blog post, where I review new Tottenham signing and defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue, who signed for Spurs on Friday afternoon for a reported transfer fee of £8.6million pounds.

French powerhouse: Capoue will play in England this season as he has joined Spurs for £8.6m. 

The French international player had been subject to interest from other EPL clubs, including Arsenal and Cardiff City, which the latter had a bid accepted but Capoue wanted to play for a stronger team who qualified for European football - which made him join Spurs. 

The 24-year-old player has already represented France at International level, making 35 appearances in total throughout the French national team system, from U-18 level to senior level.

Capoue has already made 35 appearances for the France national team, from U-18 level to senior level.

He is Tottenham's 4th summer signing, after Brazillian midfielder Paulinho, Valencia striker Roberto Soldado and Belgian winger Nacer Chadli all joined Spurs during July. 

A real bargain buy at £8million pounds, Capoue is one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe and is powerful, fast and can both defend and attack. 

Him, Paulinho and Dembele in defensive midfield/centre attacking midfield next season could be deadly. 

Here is a possible Spurs formation line-up this season: 

Hugo Lloris - GK
Assou-Ekotto - LB
Kyle Walker - RB 
Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul - CB
Etienne Capoue, Paulinho and Moussa Dembele - CM
Gareth Bale - CF
Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe - ST 

If that is the case, manager Andre Villas Boas and his team could qualify for Champions League football with ease as long as they can play consistently well and not drop many points throughout the season, which has been the downfall in recent seasons. 

Certainly a signal of intent by AVB, he wants Tottenham to play in the Champions League and is desperate to keep his best players, by signing other quality players.