Opinion: Deciding the worst transfer window in Tottenham history

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Over the years, Spurs have made some horrendous signings. The likes of Soldado, Stambouli and Janssen ring a bell. However, I do not think any transfer window will top the decisions the Spurs hierarchy made in the summer of 2019. 

During this transfer window, Spurs made 4 signings: Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Jack Clarke and Ryan Sessegnon. The Frenchmen cost £54 million, Lo Celso eventually cost £42 million, Ryan Sessegnon cost £24 million and Jack Clarke cost £10 million (transfermarkt). 

This amounts to around £130 million pounds on the 4 players, a large sum compared to previous transfer windows. 

All 4 of these players so far have struggled to live up to the hype that was promised of them. Tanguy Ndombele is one of the most talented players that I’ve seen at Spurs in recent years, however, his attitude and commitment is one of the worst.

5 managers have all faced issues with Ndombele, showing that he has been a recurring problem in the dressing room. In our recent FA Cup match, Tanguy refused to get off the pitch quickly when we were 1-0 down to League One Morecambe.

Considering he is on £200k a week, he has been a huge letdown for the club. I’m desperate for someone to sign him up, however, no one will be willing to commit to his wages.  

Next, Giovani Lo Celso was someone I loved during his first season at the club. Under the early Jose Mourinho era, Lo Celso was one of our key players, especially when Son and Kane were injured.

However, ever since Covid struck, the Argentine has been plagued with injury and never hit those heights again. Considering these injury woes, I would like to see Lo Celso sold, however, Ndombele must be the bigger priority to sell.  

To add, Ryan Sessegnon was mainly signed for the future under Poch. The Englishman had shown his class at Fulham, so I was optimistic for the future.

After he struggled in the first season, he moved to Hoffenheim to gain match experience with it being a successful loan spell. However, this season he has once again been plagued with injuries.

Despite this, he has shown class and potential under Conte, therefore I believe Ryan can still live up to his hefty price tag. 

Finally, Jack Clarke has also been incredibly disappointing for Spurs fans. During his 2 and a half years at the club, he has featured 6 times for the Spurs first team (transfermarkt). 

Considering he was signed for £10 million; I would have hoped for more appearances by now, however, he has never shown the class needed. In 3 loan moves to Leeds, QPR and Stoke, he never hit the ground running, making any chance of a Spurs appearance unlikely

All 4 of these signings have been underwhelming so far with Sessegnon being the only one capable of potentially living up to his price tag.

This transfer window must rank worse than the summer of 2018/19, despite us signing 0 players that window. From the £130 million paid, we might only make back £60 million of that, showing a massive loss for the club.

Under Paratici and Conte, I hope for more successful windows. However, if January is anything to go by, my wish might not be promised.

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