It has been a summer of rapid change in the backroom staff and philosophy of the Tottenham brand.
Villas Boas has been charged with taking Spurs into the 21st century after the board surprise move to sack Harry Redknapp, who guided the team to fourth place last season.
They began the new era with a disappointing 2-1 reverse against Newcastle at St James’ Park but were a shade unfortunate to leave the north-east with no points.
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Villas Boas has yet to really make a move in transfer market as he is keen to get players out before bringing them in, but the arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City this week should give Spurs more firepower for this weekend’s fixture against the Baggies.
Injury prone defender Michael Dawson has been in talks with QPR and looks to be on his way, while the ex Chelsea boss has already shown Sebastien Bassong and Vedran Corluka the door, and with Ledley King now retired, a building process looks to be set in motion at the back.
Steve Clarke’s side started their campaign off with an impressive win over Liverpool, where a stunning volley by Zoltan Gera set them on their way to a 3-0 victory.
Hope is high around the Hawthorns that Clarke can build on the good work done by Roy Hodgson last season, who left for the England job over the summer.
Things will be tough this weekend though for the Baggies, who have only won two of the 12 Premier League matches against Spurs in recent years.
The north-Londoners are notoriously very strong at home and look strong favourites to see off the Baggies, with Ladbrokes going just 1/2 for a home win.
Spurs have also won six and lost none of their last eight home games against West Brom in all competitions, which means you’ll need to be pretty brave to back either the draw at 3/1 (Ladbrokes) or a West Brom away victory at (6/1 Paddy Power).