A former Tottenham Hotspur favourite has had his say on their recent transfer dealings.
That summer Tottenham signed Erik Lamela, Paulinho, Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen, Vlad Chiriches and Etienne Capoue. But it is fair to say not all those players have lived up to their reputations, with only the Belgian and Danish internationals really impressing.
Lamela has shown glimpses of what he can do this season after an injury-hit debut campaign, but that has not stopped Hoddle taking a swipe at much of Tottenham’s business two summers ago.
“The money came in but it was ludicrous to buy seven players that had absolutely no Premier League experience,” Hoddle is quoted as saying.
“The players Spurs bought after selling Bale just didn’t settle quickly enough. Some have to a degree but there were too many that didn’t. At the end of the day 50 per cent of the Bale money was wasted.”
That is a damning indictment of Tottenham’s recent transfer business but when you consider how little impact the likes of Capoue, Soldado, Chiriches and Paulinho have had, it is hard to disagree.
This summer Tottenham will not have that same influx of money but they will still be looking to spend, and the trick for manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy is to bring in the right players; those men who can take the club to the next level, which is easier said than done.