Christian Eriksen finally joined Inter Milan in January, which leaves Erik Lamela as the last of the ‘Spurs seven’ still standing.
Following Gareth Bale’s world record £85.3m transfer move to Real Madrid in 2013, Spurs sought to plug the gaping void left behind by the Welshman by investing heavily in the same transfer window.
Then head coach Andre Villas-Boas brought in no fewer than seven players, heralding the start of what was planned to be an exciting new era in north London.
Only, the next season proved anything but exciting, with Villas-Boas leaving his post in December after a poor run of results, and Tim Sherwood coming in to stabilise the ship, with Spurs dropping down from fourth in 2012/13 to sixth in 2013/14.
For one reason or another, not all of the aforementioned ‘seven’ were able to acclimatise to White Hart Lane and fashion a long-standing career at the club. Some fared better than others, but by and large that summer window has gone down in Spurs folklore as a wasted opportunity.
With that considered, we’ve rated how each player got on during their time at Spurs and also investigated their current value on the Football Index exchange *to see how they’re getting on now….
*Values correct as of 14:30 on 25/05/2020.
Eriksen will unquestionably go down as the major coup of the 2013/14 summer transfer window. Signed as a fresh-faced 21-year-old from Ajax, the Denmark international has gone on to achieve great heights in north London, including scooping two ‘Player of the Year’ accolades.
Such has been his playmaker mastery at Spurs that only himself and David Beckham have provided 10+ assists in four consecutive Premier League seasons.
The midfielder was instrumental as Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs reached a first-ever Champions League final last campaign, while he will also go down in the club’s illustrious goalscoring annuls as one of only five players to find the back of the net at least 50 times in the Premier League for Spurs.
His protracted exit made him public enemy number one at Spurs, but it can’t be denied that he proved to be a shrewd signing.
In the months leading up to Paulinho’s move to the Premier League, the Brazilian clinched the Copa Libertadores with Corinthians and the Confederations Cup with his country. A £17m fee may have seemed steep for a player coming from Brazilian football, but given his credentials and the fact he was a regular at the time for the Selecao, many fans and pundits thought Spurs had pulled off a transfer masterstroke.
However, as we now know Paulinho’s career at Spurs was blighted by inconsistent performances, which culminated in a red card during the club’s 5-0 capitulation to Liverpool and Villas-Boas’ immediate dismissal afterwards. He eventually lost his place in the Brazil national team, started just three Premier League matches the following season, and left for Guangzhou Evergrande.
The football world thought they’d heard the last of Paulinho, but the Brazilian resurrected his career in the Chinese Super League, impressing to such an extent that La Liga giants Barcelona acquired his services for in 2017. He played a key part as Barca clinched a domestic double in 2017/18 and returned to East Asia the following year.
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When Spurs splashed out a club-record £26m on fully-fledged Spain international Roberto Soldado, fans thought they were getting the real McCoy, everything that Harry Kane is now – and possibly even more.
As it turns out, like Paulinho, the ex-Valencia marksman would go on to prove a very expensive flop in north London. The 12-time Spain international struggled to live up to his lofty price tag and netted a quite measly seven goals in 52 Premier League games – four of those were penalties.
Villarreal eventually offered the Spaniard an escape hatch in 2015 but he never went on to rediscover the form that saw him net 81 goals in 141 games for Valencia, leaving for Fenerbahce after two seasons. He joined Granada in the summer, where he’s so far bagged two goals in 23 La Liga games.
Nacer Chadli spent three years under three different managers at Spurs, all with varying degrees of success. Under Villas-Boas he was an unmitigated flop following his £7m move, and things only slightly improved with Sherwood at the helm. However, it would take Pochettino coming in before Chadli really began to showcase his exploits in the final third.
The Belgian enjoyed a high-scoring 2014/15 season at White Hart Lane, which saw Spurs finish as the League Cup runners-up, but he was unable to push on from there and endured a less productive 2015/16 before eventually relocating to the Hawthorns with West Brom.
After just one full season in the West Midlands, he was off again, this time to Monaco, but after 22 appearances and no goals on the French Riviera, the 31-year-old has returned to his homeland, and is spending this season on loan at Anderlecht. He’s been a success there, bagging eight goals in 19 appearances across all competitions.
You almost feel that Etienne Capoue is the kind of midfielder Spurs need at the minute: strong, combative and composed in possession. However, the club weren’t treated to the authoritative showings that Watford fans have seen from the Frenchman these past few seasons.
Capoue joined Spurs from Toulouse with high expectations of developing into a leading Premier League central midfielder. But, after just 19 league starts and two seasons, things clearly weren’t working out, and the Hornets eventually prised him away for a then club-record fee of around £6.3m. He has since excelled at Vicarage Road, recently forming a formidable destroyer-creator partnership with Abdoulaye Doucoure.
Capoue has often been linked to a return to Ligue 1, but his immediate attention lies with hauling Nigel Pearson’s side away from the relegation zone.
Vlad Chiriches joined Spurs as a bit of an anomaly from Steaua Bucharest, but the expectations were that the club found a modern centre-back capable of defending with brutish force who was also comfortable playing out from the back. As it turned out, Chiriches was tidier with the ball at his feet than when the opposition came running at him.
He famously produced a man-of-the-match performance in a 2-1 win at Man Utd on New Year’s Day in 2014, but it was downhill from there, and the Romanian quickly fell down the pecking order before leaving for Napoli, where he has spent the last five years without cementing a starting berth. He is currently on loan with Sassuolo.
Erik Lamela was last to sign in the summer of 2013 and is likely to be the last to remain at the club. It’s safe to say the midfielder has had an up-and-down career in a Spurs jersey, but has never really been able to transition into the world-beater many were expecting him to be when he joined from Roma.
The Argentina international scored a quite impressive 15 Serie A goals as a precocious teenage winger in 2012/13 for the Giallorossi, prompting Daniel Levy to courier big wads of cash to the Eternal City for his signature.
However, after seven years in north London, the 28-year-old hasn’t quite lived up to his initial billing. Granted injury problems haven’t made thing easy over the years, though you can’t help but feel that Spurs fans are still waiting for the River Plate graduate to transform into the like-for-like Bale replacement they thought they were getting. For the price they paid and the initial promise, this one has to go down as a miss. But credit is due for outlasting everyone else.