Heurelho Gomes

A look at players which have seen their careers stall at Tottenham Hotspur.

Former Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has been commenting on the club's transfer policy.

Speaking to the Brazilian press, and his interview recounted by The Mail, he criticised their use of Erik Lamela, Paulinho and Roberto Soldado, claiming they have 'ruined their careers.

He added: "It’s the club (who are to blame). Certainly, I would not recommend to anyone (to join Spurs)."

Gomes has since denied going overboard with his criticism, claiming via Twitter that the paper had sensationalised his comments.

Yet does the point reportedly raised by the current Watford goalkeeper have any relevance? Here is a look at five more players in recent years whose careers have stalled after moving to White Hart Lane.

David Bentley

Tottenham paid £15 million to sign Bentley from Blackburn, with the ex-Arsenal trainee billed as the next David Beckham. His success at the club was as brief as his fleeting England career after he quickly fell out of favour under Harry Redknapp. After an unusual loan spell with Russian club FC Rostov, Bentley was released, and is now retired at the age of 30 after falling out of love with the game.

John Bostock

Tottenham angered Crystal Palace after snapping Bostock up as a teenager. The central midfielder was touted as a future star, but was unable to break through. He was loaned out on numerous occasions and recently told The Mail that manager Andre Villas-Boas did not even speak to him. Now 23, he is currently rebuilding his career in the Belgian second division.

Etienne Capoue

Capoue was another Franco Baldini signing like Lamela, Paulinho and Soldado, and has been left in the cold by head coach Mauricio Pochettino. The midfielder was a French international when he joined Spurs but has lost his place in the Les Bleus pecking order since moving from Toulouse. Spurs tried to offload him to West Brom on loan in January, SkySports reported, and he faces a challenge to get his career back on track.

Giovani dos Santos

There were high hopes for Giovani dos Santos when Spurs signed him from Barcelona, but the attacker did not live up to expectations. Like each of the above some of that responsibility comes down to the player, but manager Harry Redknapp appeared not to believe in the Mexican's suitability to English football and did not give him a run in the team. Dos Santos once again impressed at last year's World Cup, and is currently playing for Villareal, having taken a step back to play for Mallorca a year earlier.

Heurelho Gomes

Is Gomes speaking from personal experience? He arrived at the club as a highly rated Brazilian international, who had performed strongly in the Champions League for PSV. At Spurs he lost form, and the confidence of Harry Redknapp, and the club let his contract wind down, with him at one point being fourth choice goalkeeper, and had to take a step down to the Championship with Watford. 

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