We take a look at how well the players Tottenham Hotspur signed with the money from Gareth Bale’s transfer to Real Madrid fared.
Back in the summer of 2013, Real Madrid broke the world record transfer fee to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham for £85 million.
A spending splurge followed the cash from the Welshman’s departure that saw the club’s record broken three times in one window.
Chairman Daniel Levy and technical director Franco Baldini helped Andre Villas-Boas by strengthening his squad, adding seven new players in an attempt to replace Bale.
The new boys became known as the ‘Magnificent seven,’ though three years after they arrived, only two remain at White Hart Lane.
How much of an impact did each of the seven have at Spurs?
Paulinho — First of the seven signed, the Brazilian continued his impressive form from the Confederations Cup that summer, which triggered Spurs’ interest, scoring three goals in his first eight appearances. Though with Villas Boas sacked after a heavy home defeat to Liverpool in which Paulinho was sent off, he failed to recover under Mauricio Pochettino.
His style failed to fit the tough work rate of the new boss, starting just 14 of Spurs’ 57 games in 2014/15. He proved to be the first out even if he was the first in when he was sold to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande in June last year.
Etienne Capoue — Signed from Toulouse, the midfielder failed to make an impact at White Hart Lane. His debut against Swansea City sparked expectation, though two uninspiring seasons followed. His chances of playing were slim as both Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb were preferred by Pochettino.
19 starts in the Premier League over two years with one goal to his name at Spurs, Capoue has fared much better at Watford since moving to Vicarage Road last summer. The 28-year-old has started this campaign brightly too, already scoring two goals in the league.
Vlad Chiriches — From Man of the Match in a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford to a back-up role in under six months, the Romanian’s fall was sudden. The centre half had initially got off to a great start with superb performances at the heart of Spurs’ defence.
Yet injuries and no sign of a return to form, Chiriches marked his final appearance with a red card away to Stoke City in May 2015. He signed for Napoli soon after.
Erik Lamela — One of the two still at the club, Lamela initially struggled with the physicality and intensity of the Premier League after being heralded as one of the game’s brightest prospects. Following an injury-hampered first campaign, the Argentine is beginning to make strides in now his fourth season at the Lane.
Spurs’ record signing provided seven assists, more than any other player, and scored 11 goals in 2015/16. His outstanding ‘Rabona’ goal against Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League still remains his highlight at the club, but with plenty still to learn, he looks to be on the path to many more.
Roberto Soldado — Bought for £26 million, the Spaniard followed Paulinho in starting very swiftly, scoring four goals in his first three matches. Yet that form soon deteriorated, ending that season with 11 strikes to his name and the following, only five.
He looked shorn of confidence in front of the net throughout his stint in England. 16 goals in 76 appearances told his story before departing to Villarreal last August.
Nacer Chadli — The cheapest arrival at £7 million, the Belgian initially struggled during his first season at Spurs, but lived up to the expectation in his second. Only Harry Kane was involved in more goals for the team than Chadli as he grabbed 11 goals and five assists.
The only player to have been sold which Spurs have a profit on, the 27-year-old made a decent impact during his three years at the club. He joined West Bromwich Albion for regular football on Monday.
Christian Eriksen — Marking the end of the 2013 recruits, Spurs saved the best till last. The Danish prodigy, hailed from Ajax, has undoubtedly been the most successful signing out of the seven. Eriksen has never really looked back since scoring on his debut against Norwich City — his impact increasing as the seasons have passed.
He played a pivotal part in Spurs’ journey to Wembley for the Capital One Cup final after a starring role in the semi-final win over Sheffield United. Pochettino has the perfect playmaker, who the manager builds his team around. Three years after arriving for a mere £11 million, the 24-year-old’s influence, 23 goals and 100 appearances represents value for money.