Yet another jam-packed summer of business comes to a close for another season and this year was quite possibly Tottenham’s most successful yet.
Despite not performing any deals on the famous Transfer Deadline Day, Spurs managed to sign a staggering 7 signings all of which are of a top International standard. This window of course see’s the loss of the mighty Gareth Bale however with his world record transfer fee, Spurs have spent big becoming the Premier League’s Biggest spenders this summer with over £100million worth of transfer deals.
The first of the summer was to be Brazilian International Paulinho – a man whom hugely impressed spectators after his displays in the Confederations Cup for his national side. Paulinho broke Tottenham’s transfer record with his £17million deal and pleased fans after signing a true International spectacle and completing business early, something unusual within the Spurs camp.
The second, came not long afterwards when Tottenham confirmed the sudden signing of FC Twente’s Nacer Chadli for a suspected £7million deal. Rumours had appeared in the week of an appearance from the Belgian at Hotspur Way and he linked up with the squad in Asia during their Pre-Season tour falling victim to the harsh realities of Tottenham’s Player initiations.
The third of the summer came some time after however. After weeks of speculation and an obvious need of a striker, Tottenham confirmed the capture of Spanish International forward Roberto Soldado from Valencia for a club record £26million (the second time the Lilywhites broke this record this summertime). The Valencia Goalscorer brought delight to the Spurs faithful as Tottenham showed no hesitation in building on their previous successful season. This was exciting and showed that we meant business.
The fourth of the summer was yet another unexpected capture. French defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue joined AVB’s revolution and despite little knowledge of the new boy, Tottenham fans seemed to anticipate the arrival of the Toulouse man as it seemed to display Scott Parker wild he on the way out of the Lane.
But the greatest day of the window took place on the 29th of August – just 4 days before the windows closure. In one mega swoop of a day, Tottenham Hotspur announced the signing of Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches early in the morning. This capture had been anticipated throughout the window as speculation managed to fill the media outlets globally. This came as a welcome replacement to the departing Steven Caulker to Cardiff.
Just a few hours later however, Spurs brought the news we all wanted to hear. AVB broke the clubs transfer record for the third time in one window with the capture of Argentinian winger Erik Lamela for a phenomenal £30million. Lamela impressed fans all summer and appeared the most accurate replacement possibly for the exiting Bale. But this wasn’t to be the last deal of the window.
Late on the 29th August, Tottenham announced yet another breakthrough signing. Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen joined the boys for a reported £11.5million and was a particularly favourable transfer due to an obvious need for a playmaker within the ranks as Roberto Soldado had been supplied poorly in opening fixtures.
The window, however successful, also saw the exit of some exceptional players in the eyes of White Hart Lane faithful. Steven Caulker left in a £9million deal to Cardiff much to the dismay of Spurs fans as well as Clint Dempsey (whom had only been at Tottenham for one season) whom left for the MLS in a reported £6million deal much to the displeasure of Twitter fans whom remembered Clint for his famous goals against Manchester clubs. Other departures included were Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore (Loan) to Hull which came as no surprise to fans. Scott Parker made the trip to yet another club as he joined the Martin Jol revolution at Fulham. It was sad to see Scott move on after a tremendous first year with Redknapp however an injury seemed to shake his usual Sandro-like confidence and he never returned quite the same. We also saw several loan deals completed including the young Tommy Carroll departure to Queens Park Rangers where he will achieve valuable experience as well as Benoit Assou-Ekotto joining his former manager for his first season away from Tottenham for about Seven years.
But this window saw another tremendously sad departure. Gareth Bale completed a World Record move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid in a deal reportedly worth a staggering £85million. This deal broke the previous record set by Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo. This was inevitable and after a summer of telling ourselves otherwise, the news after the Derby defeat came as no surprise. I wish Gareth all the success in the world and I am truly excited to see him Champions League football, even if its not in the white of Tottenham. He needs to prove himself, go out there and be a star whilst not forgetting where he came from. Gareth, thank you.
Well a Tottenham transfer window is always eventful. This year symbolises this enormously. We topped the transfer spending table having purchased a sizeable £109.3million worth of talent of which is surely not going to disappoint. I’ve devoted myself this summer to bringing transfer news and hope you’ve thoroughly enjoyed our coverage.
The Man To Watch – Christian Eriksen
Best Deal – Etienne Capoue – This man will go far.
Best signing – Franco Baldini – None of this would have been possible
Most Expensive – Erik Lamela (£30million)
Least Expensive – Nacer Chadli (£7million)
Most Expsenive Sale – Gareth Bale (£85million)
Least Expensive Sale – Scott Parker (£3.4million) – Excluding Released players and frees.