Tottenham spent over £100 million on new players last summer as they looked to move the side on another level.
It wasn’t all about replacing Bale, as Andre Villas-Boas was given the freedom to go out and make other signings, designed to push the club on another level and towards regular Champions League football.
To a certain extent the signings have worked because Spurs have moved onto 20 points, they’re not playing their best football and they are only three points away from league leaders Arsenal.
Here are our ratings for the seven high profile signings Tottenham made last summer.
Erik Lamela – C
Lamela has just started to show signs of why the club invested £30 million in him to sign him from Roma last summer.
He’s struggled to force his way into the Tottenham first team this season but his performance in the side’s last Europa League game was world class and showcased exactly what he could do.
Christian Eriksen – B+
The Dane made a big immediate impact after signing from Ajax, when there was interest in him from several big clubs.
He has a goal and three assists to his name as a Tottenham player so far and needs to now reinvent himself, as teams have started to find effective ways of containing him at the top of Tottenham’s midfield.
Vlad Chiriches – B-
Chiriches is just starting to show what he can so in the heart of Tottenham’s defence.
He’s made four starts in the Premier League and has looked very assured under pressure, which has allowed AVB to release Jan Vertonghen to go and cover the troublesome left-back slot with Danny Rose injured.
Etienne Capoue – C-
Absolutely no fault of his own but it’s difficult to give Capoue a high rating when he’s not really been able to show what he can do for the club through injury.
In the Premier League and Europa League games he has played for the club, he’s looked solid protecting the back four and a player capable of nailing down that holding role for Spurs over the next few years.
Roberto Soldado – B-
Soldado has only scored four goals in the Premier League this season and three have been from the penalty spot.
He is a top quality player in the Tottenham attack but if the midfield isn’t producing or working hard enough, he’s going to have to start doing a little bit more to grab some more goals for the club.
Nacer Chadli – D
Chadli hasn’t set the world alight since he joined the club last summer.
There is a clear position in the Spurs team on the left hand side but he struggled to make that position his own before he picked up a hamstring problem which has kept him out of the team.
He needs to really get stuck in when he returns because at the moment he’s behind Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend and Gylfi Sigurdsson in wide positions.
Paulinho – A-
Paulinho is one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the Premier League and a player who seems very determined to be that controlling influence in the heart of Tottenham’s midfield.
He looks calm and composed on the ball and has adjusted well to the pace and physical nature of Premier League football. There’s no reason why he can’t add to his one Premier League goal and end the season as the club’s highest scoring middle man.
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