Erik Lamela’s imminent switch to La Liga side Sevilla will mean the end of an era at Tottenham.
Spurs are eager to secure a number of moves before they return to Premier League action against Manchester City on Sunday, August 15, and there are also expected to be a number of outgoings from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium taking place between now and then.
Tottenham will reportedly sign Sevilla’s Bryan Gil in a swap deal for Lamela. The La Liga club will also receive €25million and add ons as part of the deal.
Lamela’s departure will therefore finally bring an end to the ‘magnificent seven’.
After Spurs sold Gareth Bale for a then world-record fee of £85million to Real Madrid in 2013, Tottenham went on a spending spree, signing a total of eight players, which cost a combined total of more than £100m.
Seven of those eight were brought in to make an immediate difference – hence the nickname – but few failed to make a lasting impact at the club and the ones that did never went on to win a trophy in north London.
At the time, it felt as though spreading quality throughout the team would be beneficial long-term as they wouldn’t have to rely on one individual to produce the goods.
But, as it usually does, hindsight tells us that the club’s spree was ultimately a mistake. So, without further ado, let’s rank how the signings faired.
8. Zeki Fryers
Spurs were interested in Fryers when he was still a youth prospect at Manchester United.
He had even spent time training with the club before his move to Standard Liege but the two parties were unable to agree on a compensation package and so he moved to the Belgian club in 2012.
He soon fell out of favour in Belgium and so Spurs renewed their interest in him, much to the dislike of Sir Alex Ferguson, who accused Tottenham of manipulating the rules.
Fryers signed for £3.15m in 2013 but went onto make just seven Premier League appearances for the club, scoring zero goals.
7. Roberto Soldado
As he was known as a prolific goalscorer in Spain, Soldado arrived with the biggest reputation.
After finding the net four times in his first three games, it looked as though Spurs had found themselves a gem.
However, it all went downhill from there as the £26m man lost his confidence.
He managed just six goals that season and just five in 40 appearances the next before being sold to Villarreal for £10m in 2015.
6. Vlad Chiriches
Spurs paid a record fee for a Romanian player when they spent £8.5m on Chiriches but he failed to live up to the hype.
He was awarded the Man of the Match award in his first Premier League game away against Aston Villa, but he never really hit the ground running.
After just 27 league appearances in two years, Chiriches signed for Serie A side Napoli for nearly half what Tottenham originally paid for him.
5. Etienne Capoue
Capoue played his best football in the Premier League for Watford and so there will always be that feeling of ‘what if’ when his name is mentioned among the Tottenham faithful.
The central midfielder suffered from his fair share of injuries at Spurs and made just 24 appearances for the club in two years before moving to the Hornets, where he remained for six seasons.
He now plays his football in Spain with Villarreal and was one of the best players on the pitch as Unai Emery’s side beat Manchester United in the final of the Europa League last season.
The talented Brazilian was another fast-starter but his Tottenham career fizzled out.
After finding the net three times in his first eight games, he looked destined to be a star in north London.
However, his form later dwindled and Mauricio Pochettino wasn’t interested in keeping him when he took charge.
Spurs sold him to Guangzhou Evergrade in 2015, where he captured the attention of La Liga giants Barcelona, who eventually paid £34m for him.
Nevertheless, he went onto become an integral part of Barcelona’s double-winning side in 2017/2018, scoring nine goals in 49 appearances.
3. Erik Lamela
Lamela’s £30million signing broke Spurs’ transfer record for a third time that summer.
He’s produced some absolutely iconic moments – including two stunning rabona goals, one in the Europa League and the other in the North London Derby – and has also impressed with his work-rate and commitment.
But as much as he’s thrilled fans, he’s also been a constant cause of frustration.
He’s ultimately always had the ability but has never had the consistency needed to be a top player.
2. Nacer Chadli
Chadli scored 13 times in all competitions in 2014/15 as Spurs competed for the Premier League title, eventually finishing third.
Unfortunately, he was hit by injuries in the following years and eventually left for Monaco in 2018.
But, as he was brought in for a mere £7m from FC Twente, it’s fair to say that he repaid the club with his on-the-pitch efforts.
1. Christian Eriksen
Eriksen’s signing was the best of the lot that summer.
He made more than 300 appearances for the club, scored 69 goals, delivered 89 assists and cost just £11m.
The Dane flourished under Pochettino and helped the club to reach the Champions League final in 2019.
Eriksen eventually wanted a new challenge and was therefore sold to Inter Milan for £16.9m, where he has since won the Serie A.
It remains to be seen whether he will be able to continue his career after he collapsed in Denmark’s opening fixture of Euro 2020. Positively, it seems as though he is recovering well.
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