Taking a closer look at five Tottenham Hotspur signings who thrived at the club in recent times.
Former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes recently made some surprising comments regarding his old club.
“They paid £28million for Soldado and they don’t play him. Or look (at) Lamela who was a great (prospect) in Europe, but today you watch Tottenham games and he looks like he can’t play football at all.”
And yet despite the headlines doing the rounds following the quotes, declaring that Tottenham have a habit of ‘ruining players’ according to the Daily Mail, there are plenty who disprove that theory and here are just five of those:
When Tottenham signed Hugo Lloris from Lyon in the summer of 2012, they did so for a guaranteed fee of just £7.8million (and 20% of any profit Spurs made on a future sale). But imagine how much he is worth now.
Lloris was a great goalkeeper when he arrived at White Hart Lane but the 28-year-old is now one of the best in the business; a player who would get into most top sides in Europe.
Christian Eriksen was making headlines long before his switch to Tottenham but it was still a risk signing a young player who clearly had the talent but lacked the experience.
But the 23-year-old is now beginning to blossom into a wonderful and highly-effective player who has added goals to his repertoire.
Tottenham signed Luka Modric when he was just 22 for £15.8million and by the time he left the club four years later his price-tag had doubled and he was regarded as one of the best midfielders in Europe.
When Real Madrid first moved in for him it came as a surprise to many but he is vital to them and that shows just much he developed during his spell in North London.
A player who could not buy a win when he first arrived at Tottenham, things then turned around in dramatic fashion for Gareth Bale and he left Tottenham as the most expensive player in the world.
If one player disproves Gomes’s recent comments it is the Welsh international, who became a star at Spurs.
Dimitar Berbatov may be an acquired taste but there is no doubt his time at Tottenham was hugely successful.
That he failed to replicate his best form when he moved to Manchester united tells its own story and his average of nearly a goal every other game while at Spurs was his best record at any of his senior sides.