If Spurs were ridiculed for being a one-man team before, their quantity of summer signings won’t have eased the jokes very much.
Four new faces have arrived at White Hart Lane and three more are increasingly linked to join them before the window closes, meaning Spurs would be four players shy of buying an entire XI to replace the Welshman.
Along with the done deals of Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue, Tottenham are thought to be close to wooing likely fourth choice centre back Vlad Chiriches, defence unlocker Christian Eriksen and Argentinian winger Erik Lamela into bed.
It means manager Andre Villas-Boas, who is 11/10 to guide the north London side into the top four this season, will have some very tricky midfield selection questions if he gets his men.
Aaron Lennon, Lewis Holtby, Andros Townsend, Mousa Dembele, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Sandro are all hoping to play a part for AVB this season, and they are just the players to have remained at the club. Five other first-team middle men have either been sold or loaned out in order to make room for the new recruits and the manager faces a tough task in keeping everyone happy.
With so many midfielders at his disposal, the ex-Porto boss will almost certainly play Roberto Soldado on his own up front, leaving five spots to fill behind him.
On the wings, Lamela will oust Aaron Lennon on the right as not even Tottenham are carefree enough with their cash to let a £25-30m man warm the bench.
Townsend’s solid start to the season could leave Chadli on a slim-fast playing time diet while Eriksen, the Danish playmaker, would be a definite upgrade to fill the hole behind Soldado over the unimpressive Holtby and Sigurdsson.
Dembele, Paulinho, Capoue, and Sandro when fit, will likely be rotated regularly in the two holding spots, making for an athletically strong centre of the field for Spurs.
It makes for one of the strongest squads on offer in the Premier League and, more importantly, top-four bankers.