Rated: Tottenham’s summer signings so far

The north London side were busy in the transfer market over the off-season, but how have the new faces performed?

Tim Sherwood has adopted a Tottenham squad with a weight of expectation on it – especially given the amount of expenditure on new players over the summer.

Seven new signings moved to White Hart Lane in a bid to secure a top-four spot and Champions League qualfiication, but how have they performed to date?

Vlad Chiriches – 6/10

The Romanian has had more of a chance to play since Jan Vertonghen has been injured, and has the ability to be both sublime and ridiculous.

Obviously confident on the ball and happy to come out of defence while in possession, at times Chiriches has looked like the complete centre-half.

However, especially against West Brom at White Hart Lane, lapses in concentration saw numerous mistakes and poor positioning.

Has potential but is by no means the finished article.

Etienne Capoue – 6/10

Unlucky to get injured in the North London derby at the Emirates Stadium, the France international has looked much more adept in midfield than when he was forced to fill in at centre-half.

A mix of dynamism, physicality and a tireless work-rate suggest Capoue has what it takes to be a top defensive midfielder, but has Sandro for competition as the first-choice enforcer.

A solid performer, but seems to be out of favour since Sherwood’s appointment.

Paulinho – 8/10

Arguably the most impressive of the new additions, the Brazil international has showed excellent box-to-box play, and with some fine tuning could be a real star in the Premier League.

Gets himself into excellent positions in the final third and works hard to get forward to help the attackers, but needs to be more clinical in front of goal.

Seems happy to help out in the boiler room, but has also been guilty of losing 50-50 challenges on occasion.

A bright start from a player capable of being a driving force in the Spurs midfield.

Erik Lamela – 5/10

Given that the Argentine is the closest thing to a Gareth Bale replacement, Lamela has had a world of expectation on his young shoulders.

Shielded by Andre Villas-Boas and reduced to fleeting appearances, an impatient English football community have jumped on the bandwagon to criticise the South American.

Has shown fleeting glimpses of ability and is undoubtedly a technically gifted player, but is finding the transition to Premier League life difficult.

Needs time and more action in the team to live up to his considerable potential.

Nacer Chadli – 6/10

Something of a bit-part player this term, the Belgian has been used in a number of positions without making much of an impression.

His most impressive showing was off the bench against Southampton, where he made an impact on the right wing – probably his most-suited position.

Another one that needs more time on the pitch, Chadli could be a star in the making or someone who is shipped out in the summer.

Christian Eriksen – 7/10

The Dane’s signature came as something of a coup for Spurs, as the highly rated playmaker’s reputation at Ajax was burgeoning.

After a couple of excellent early displays, Eriksen slipped into malaise and injury, but has been much better of late.

Goals against West Brom and Manchester United showed what he is capable of, and if Sherwood can tweak his system to suit the playmaker, Tottenham could have a real star on their hands.

Roberto Soldado – 5/10

A disappointing start to life in north London for the usually predatory Spaniard, who has found the physical nature of English football tough so far.

Soldado is clearly lacking confidence and has not showed the form that made him one of La Liga’s most feared hitmen.

That said, has the pedigree and experience to be a hit, but needs to build belief with a couple of goals from open play. Can only get better, but it may well be next season before he hits his straps.

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