Levy-ing it late: Ranking a decade of late Spurs business

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Dom Le Roy

With the deadline day ticking down and the transfer window edging shut, we take a look back over the masterstrokes and the mindboggling late Tottenham business over the past decade.

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Alan Hutton and Gilberto were both signed in the final 48 hours of the January transfer window in 2008.

Alan Hutton went on to clock up over 50 appearances for Spurs, with two goals and some amazing Champions League contests along the way. 7/10

Unfortunately, Gilberto never made it off the ground in his Tottenham career, making only 7 appearances during his time at the club. 2/10


Roman Pavlyuchenko and Vedran Corluka came in late during the summer transfer window, with Robbie Keane making his Spurs return at the very end of January.

Pavlyuchenko was an instant fan favourite at The Lane, despite a less than impressive goal every four games record. The smiling Russian was a big part of Spurs scintillating Champions League campaign. 7/10

Vedran Corluka was signed from Manchester City at the very death of the 2008/09 summer window. He went on to play over 80 games for the Lilywhites, being utilised at right-back and in the centre of defence. A well-used utility, even if he wasn’t the most talented player ever. 6.5/10

Robbie Keane made a complete U-Turn at the end of the winter transfer window, just 6 months after his big money move to Liverpool during the summer. Some initial ill feelings were quashed as the club legend started to bang in the goals once more, although he never hit the heights of his first Spurs stint. 7/10


Niko Kranjcar and Jimmy Walker both made moves in September this year, with Younes Kaboul resigning from Portsmouth late on in January.

Niko Kranjcar went on to play 72 games for Spurs, scoring 11 goals, perhaps the most famous being the very last in the historic 9-1 win against Wigan. Despite often looking laboured around the pitch, Kranjcar provided valuable support for the likes of Modric and Jenas. 6.5/10

Jimmy Walker came in on a free from West Ham on the 3rd of September. Who? Jimmy Walker was a backup goalkeeper who never managed to chalk up an appearance for the Spurs. 1/10

Younes Kaboul resigned at the end of the January transfer window, making a further 89 appearances for the club. His most famous contribution would have to go down as the 3-2 winner against Arsenal in the NLD, completing a turn around from 2-0 down. Unfortunately, the Frenchman always seemed to have a big mistake in his game. 6.5/10


One of the most famous pieces of deadline day drama, not just in Spurs’ history, but the Premier League as a whole. During the last few seconds of the summer window, Rafa Van Der Vaart signed from Real Madrid for a bargain £8m.

Van Der Vaart became an instant hero with his passion, goals against Arsenal, and incredible Champions League performances. He goes down as one of THE Tottenham fan favourites in history. He chalked up an impressive 24 goals in 63 appearances, and still refers to his time at Tottenham as his favourite years of his career. 9.5/10


Scott Parker was the sole late arrival in the summer, with Louis Saha and Ryan Nelson joining during the January window.

What can you say about Scott Parker? A player that never left anything on the pitch, always gave his all, and put in some amazing performances across his two years at The Lane. An instant fan favourite for Spurs and England, and a bargain for only £5.5m. Not only this, but he returned to Tottenham for a brief spell as U18 coach last year. 9/10

Louis Saha was only ever signed as a back up striker, which was reflected by his 10 appearances. However, he did manage to net a few goals in that time. 5/10

Ryan Nelson was signed on a free, again more as a reserve player. The ageing centre back never really made an impact at Spurs. 3/10


What a transfer window this was for late deals. Mousa Dembele, Hugo Lloris, Clint Dempsey and Lewis Holtby all arrived in the last few days of their respective transfer windows.

Mousa Dembele. 171 appearances for The Spurs. Despite a slow start, the Belgian has been a mainstay since Pochettino’s arrival. Magnificent. Raw talent. Beautiful to watch. The only things that’s missing from his game is goals, but the fans will allow him that. 9/10

Captain, leader, legend. Perhaps one of the best Premier League deadline day purchases ever. Lloris was signed from Lyon for a mere £8m and has gone on to make 206 appearances, many as captain. He will go down as one of the best keepers ever seen at the club. 10/10

A fun personality, and on of those players who always looked class but never truly fulfilled his potential. Lewis Holtby played 25 games for Tottenham, only managing the one goal. But he did two-foot Howard Webb in Ledley’s testimonial so… 5/10


Another good late window this year, as Vlad Chiriches, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela all arrived on the 30th of August.

Chiriches never really got his chance at Spurs, making only 27 appearances. Perhaps another young player who never really reached the heights expected. 5/10

Christian Eriksen. The man needs no introduction. The Great Dane has gone from strength to strength each season for Spurs, and is now one of the highest rated in his position in the world. 171 appearances for Spurs, with 41 goals. Class. 10/10

Erik Lamela’s career has been plagued by injury, but he has retained his popularity among the fans. His lack of goals is often forgiven for the sheer work load he gets through. Always a good player to have on your bench, and great backup for Alli and Eriksen. 110 appearances, 10 goals. 8/10


The only late business this year was the purchase of a certain Deli Alli, who was sent back out on loan to Milton Keynes Dons. For only £5m, Dele Alli has gone on to play 106 games for Tottenham, scoring 37 goals, and winning the young player of the season in the process. We’ve got Alli. 9/10


The only business towards the end of the window this year was Heung Min Son, coming in for £22m a few days from the deadline day. In just three seasons, Sonny has clocked just under 100 appearances, scoring 30 goals, and becoming a White Hart Lane fan favourite. Nice one Sonny. 9/10


Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Moussa Sissoko both arrived on the 31st of August this season.

N’Koudou has never earned his chance at Spurs, with a series of under-par performances and a less than impressive loan spell at Burnley. It looks as if the winger may get a stint in the squad this season, but it could prove to be his last chance. 5/10

Moussa Sissoko. Not a name that many Spurs fans wanted coming into the club, especially not at a bulking £30m fee. Sissoko has made 58 appearances for the club, without many stand out performances. However, the Frenchman has picked his game up in the past year, with a notable game against Real Madrid at Wembley. 6.5/10


A busy late period during this years’ transfer windows. Juan Foyth, Serge Aurier, Fernando Llorente and Lucas Moura all signed at the death.

Juan Foyth has yet to make his mark on the Spurs team, but the player is still very young and could prove to be a quality buy. When he has played, he’s looked good on the ball, assured, and confident enough to slot in among big names. 6/10 with the potential to rise.

Serge Aurier. The most apt word to describe the former PSG right-back is liability. Aurier always had a big mistake in him, whether it’s a red card, penalty, or just defensive naivety. Seems a shame to have Kyle Walker-Peters waiting in the wings when Aurier continues to make mistakes. 4/10

Fernando Llorente is a proven goal scorer across a long and successful career. World Cup and Euros winner, unfortunately Spurs were not able to procure him at the heights of his career. He offers a back up option to Harry Kane, but has rarely looked deadly in a Spurs shirt. He hasn’t been given much of a chance, but 2018/19 could prove to be his season. 6.5/10

Lucas Moura was a very exciting signing from PSG last January, slightly dampened by his lack of game time over 2018. However, the Brazilian is now settled into the squad and will be like a brand-new signing this year. He has had an impressive pre-season and will be fit and ready to go. 6/10 with the power to rise (fingers crossed).




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