Tottenham's Net Spend: How did it compare to all other 19 teams?

It was quite a summer for Tottenham Hotspur fans...

Tottenham Hotspur fans endured quite the rollercoaster summer, with the sale of Gareth Bale proving inescapable - but when it happened fans were not overly upset.

That was testament to the prolific transfer business conducted by the club ahead of the sale, unlike the previous summer when they only really began spending too late, with two days to go after selling Luka Modric.

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Bale's incredible £85.3 million world record fee meant Spurs always had their work cut out to finish the summer spending more than they received, but they got very close.

Figures calculated by transferleaguehistory.co.uk illustrate that Tottenham finished the summer at -£3.08 million.

They actually outspent the Bale fee, spending £103.7 million in total, but further sales of Tom Huddlestone, Scott Parker, Massimo Luongo, Clint Dempsey and Steven Caulker brought income to £106.75 million.

You can see just how their spending compares to the other 19 teams in the Premier League below...

Summer 2013 Net Spend

 

Tottenham sit bottom of the table outspent in terms of Net by every team in the division, but the question is whether fans should be concerned or not?

Logic would dictate that the sale of Gareth Bale for a world record fee was a one off which will not be repeated, and so next summer's figures and table should look substantially different.

However there are questions as to whether the sale of Bale was planned all along, what the club's transfer strategy was from the start and how much was made up as the summer progressed.

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In the Championship, Derby County on loan duo saw a 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Simon Dawkins started the game on the right wing, being ear-marked as one of the best players for the Rams on their impressive win. Unfortunately young right back Adam Smith was left on the bench as an unused sub, and has found first team chances hard to come by since Liverpool’s Andre Wisdom was brought in to play right back.

Tom Carroll remains injury worry for Queens Park Rangers, but has been enjoying a very fruitful loan spell at the Championship club. Benoit Assou-Ekotto started at left back as the former Premier League sides went head to head at the Madejski stadium, the game looked to be heading for a home win before experienced mouth piece Joey Barton scored a stunning free-kick to save a point for the title favourites.

Bogani Khumalo Caused a penalty which Chris O’Grady missed as Barnsley and Doncaster drew 0-0 in a relegation 6-pointer. The 26-year-old has been a regular for Doncaster this season, and has been in impressive form, at 26 it is unlikely that he will return to White Hart Lane, but he may earn himself a contract at Doncaster.

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Elsewhere last week the Tottenham players at Swindon had a disappointing time as they crashed out of the FA Cup in the first round to Macclesfield Town, who stormed the game 4-0.

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