Tottenham bought Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jan Vertonghen, Emmanuel Adebayor, Hugo Lloris, and Clint Dempsey last summer followed by Lewis Holtby in January but who has been their best signing overall?
Gylfi Sigurdsson transferred from Hoffenheim for £8 million after an impressive spell on loan at Swansea last season. The 23-year-old attacking midfielder struggled to find his form this season.
His inconsistency even across 90 minutes makes judging him across 30-odd games tough to assess. He is capable of flashes of brilliance and he is certainly gifted technically. However, I feel we haven’t seen the best of him at Spurs yet.
He’s made 34 appearances, scored 4 goals and made 6 assists, which, compared to a number of his contemporaries is not great value for money. He is not a ‘flop’ but he has certain yet to fulfil his potential at White Hart Lane.
Jan Vertonghen, on the other hand, has been a revelation for Spurs this season. He transferred from Ajax for £10 million where he had already established himself as one of the continent’s standout defenders. He was up-and-coming then, even at 24.
Now, 25 he is certainly one of Belgium’s best exports to the Premier League. He is solid as a rock defensively – he’s durable, physical, brave, strong, determined, and he is actually very nifty with the ball at his feet for a centre-back.
His concentration is always where it should be and he is obviously a born leader. Tottenham bought a captain.
He’s made 39 appearances, scored 5 goals, and Spurs have kept 11 clean sheets with him in the team.
Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City for £5 million after spending a spell on loan at Spurs last season. They thought they knew what they buying. Last season he made 37 appearances, scored 18 goals and made 12 assists.
That’s the player Tottenham bought. However, that is not what they got this season. £5 million is pretty cheap for 29-year-old centre-forward with the likes of Arsenal, City, and Real Madrid on his CV. Now Spurs probably understand why he was such a bargain buy.
This season he’s made 25 appearances, scored just 5 goals, and made zero assists. That means that not only has he not helped himself but he hasn’t broken his neck help anyone else either.
Granted, he probably didn’t get a great confidence boost from being benched a lot earlier on in the season due to the sensational form of Jermaine Defoe. However, when he has been given his opportunities, he hasn’t taken them.
Moussa Dembele transferred from Fulham for £5 million and proved to be far more worth his while. He’s been inconsistent in his performances but it’s clear he works hard and is still adjusting to a new team, developing his understanding in the midfield.
Where he excels is when he has the freedom to roam forward from deep areas. He’s technically gifted, strong, fast, and powerful. His passing has let him down at times unfortunately but, given time to settle in, the Belgian will prosper.
He’s made 35 appearances, scored 2 goals and made 6 assists.
Hugo Lloris arrived from Lyon for £12 million already well established as the French national team’s number one for several years. After initially struggling to oust Brad Friedel from between the sticks, he eventually emerged as Spurs’ first choice.
He’s made 28 appearances and kept 8 clean sheets but, more than the stats, his saves have kept Tottenham in the top four for the majority of the season.
Tottenham play open attacking and expansive football which means they require solidity and stability at the back and in Lloris they have found bought one of the continent’s best goalkeepers. With him they will remain in very safe hands for many years to come.
Clint Dempsey made his way from Fulham for £7 million. He was a well-established and experienced attacker for them and, in many ways, their star player.
His star quality has eluded him a little bit this season – he’s just not quite clicked yet and it's another case of Spurs not getting what they purchased. The 30-year-old American scored 23 goals for Fulham last season but has managed just 8 for Spurs so far in 34 appearances.
He’s made 6 assists and that demonstrates he does work hard and we all know he has exceptional quality. However, he’s another on that has been inconsistent.
Lewis Holtby transferred from Schalke for £1.5 million which is, depending on how you look at it, a bargain or £1.5 million too much.
The German was intended to arrive this summer on a free transfer but Spurs pushed the deal through earlier to add more depth to the squad.
He’s made 9 appearances and has yet to score a goal or make an assist. But this 22-year-old is no ordinary player – he is heralded as one of the best attacking midfielders of his generation and with Germany’s abundance of talent that is no mean feat.
He hasn’t really settled in yet at all. I personally expected him to make a much more impressive contribution but I’m sure we’ll see great things to come next term. Perhaps it would have been best for all concerned if he had have waited until the summer.
Winner: Jan Vertonghen