During his time at the club, Pochettino made a few fair signings. Some were absolutely magnificent, some mediocre at best, and others downright awful. In this list, we will look through every single one (excluding loans) and determine their rank out of 10 with regards to the impact they made in North London.
Ben Davies – Signed in July 2014 from Swansea in a player exchange, the Welsh left-back has been at our club for almost 6 years now. He’s been fairly solid as a rotation player at fullback, putting in a good game once in a while. However, a pretty average player. 5/10.
Michel Vorm – Part of a double deal including Davies, Vorm was also signed from Swansea in 2014. However, Vorm has also been a pretty average player, with a few shocking games under his belt. He even eventually got demoted to third-choice by Gazzaniga. Not the best. 4/10.
Eric Dier – A player who divides opinion, Dier was signed from Sporting CP in August of 2014 for £4 million. Although he hasn’t been on top form lately, he has still produced some amazing performances whilst at Tottenham. You can’t forget that 16/17 season, it was outstanding. Even though he’s had his ups and downs, still a pretty great player. 6/10.
DeAndre Yedlin – Currently at Newcastle, Yedlin was signed from Seattle Sounders in August of 2014. He never really featured much for the club. On the whole, not much to say about him. 3/10.
Federico Fazio – Where do I start with Federico Fazio. A straight red on his debut sums up his Spurs career. Signed for £8 million from Sevilla in August of 2014, an awful bit of business from the club. 1/10.
Benjamin Stambouli – Does anyone actually remember this guy? Spending only one year at the club, Stambouli came from Montpellier in 2014. He played a fair amount in the League Cup, helping us reach the final. 2/10.
Dele Alli – This was Pochettino’s first incredible signing. For only £5 million, he’s been outstanding since we signed him in February 2015. One of our best players over the last few years, bringing both goals and assists. Also, we can’t forget his role in the formidable DESK. However, his struggle to find form these past two seasons prevents him from getting a 10. 9/10.
Kevin Wimmer – Kevin never really hit it off during his time at the Lane. The only notable things during his Spurs career were his own goal vs Arsenal and his friendship with Son. It’s a miracle Spurs managed to sell him for £18m in 2017. 4/10.
Kieran Trippier – Signed for £3.5 million from Burnley June 2015, Trippier was a pretty decent starting fullback for us. Helping us reach the UCL final last season. 7/10.
Toby Alderweireld – In my opinion, Poch’s best signing. Spurs signed him for only £11.4 million from Atletico Madrid in July 2015. From defending to pinging balls over the top, he’s been pure quality since joining. 10/10.
Clinton N’Jie – To think we could’ve had Mane instead of this guy… Didn’t achieve anything for us and never looked promising. The fact we paid up to £12m for this man in August 2015 is shambolic. 1/10.
Heung-min Son – After a rocky first season, Son has become a shining star for us in recent years. His pace, power and precision have made him a world-class forward. And to think, he only cost £22 million in August 2015. 10/10.
Victor Wanyama – This spaghetti-loving Kenyan was bought for £11 million in June 2016. In 16/17 he formed a great midfield with Dembele, but injuries killed his career. 7/10.
Vincent Janssen – Poor Vincent, he never really got going at Spurs. Six goals in his time at Spurs demonstrated his failure. The fee of around £17 million in July 2016 was way too much for what he delivered. 2/10.
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou – Nkoudou showed potential whilst at Tottenham. But he never reached the heights he could have. Bought for £9 million in August 2016. 3/10.
Moussa Sissoko – Tottenham’s record signing in August 2016 with a price of £30 million, Sissoko has undergone a massive transformation in North London. After a slow start, he’s adapted to become a powerhouse of a central midfielder and a fan favourite. 8/10.
Davinson Sanchez – Since signing from Ajax in August 2017 for £42 million, Sanchez has been a consistent centre half. Putting in good performances and getting into the starting 11 at a young age, even with competition from Vertonghen and Alderweireld. 7/10.
Paulo Gazzaniga – Signing in August 2017, Paulo has been a decent backup for Lloris. He’s had some good performances between the sticks with Liverpool away being one of the recent examples. 6/10.
Juan Foyth – Juan’s time at Tottenham has been a rollercoaster of emotions. Some games he looks solid, others he looks useless. Spurs paid £8 million for him in August of 2017. 4/10.
Serge Aurier – Signed from PSG in the summer of 2017, Aurier has always struggled defensively at Spurs. However, he has improved going forward immensely this season. 6/10.
Fernando Llorente – Signed from Swansea City as a plan B option, it took Llorente a year to settle in at Spurs. However, no fan will ever forget his impact in the 2019/20 season. 6/10.
Lucas Moura – That night at the Johan Cruyff Arena will always come to mind when thinking of this electrifying Brazilian. Although he can be inconsistent, Lucas posses so much quality. The £23 million we paid for him in January 2018 seems justified. 8/10.
Jack Clarke – Hasn’t played a match for Spurs yet and has hardly impressed on loan. Hopefully one for the future but not convinced. 4/10.
Tanguy Ndombele – He hasn’t been here for long, but Tanguy has already shown us his insane potential. Although he’s struggled slightly this season, I’m sure he’ll prove himself soon enough. Spurs paid around £56 million for him last July. 5/10.
Ryan Sessegnon – In August 2019, Spurs signed this young prodigy for £25 million. He’s still very young and is definitely one for the future. 6/10.
Giovani Lo Celso – Although we made this permanent in January under Mourinho, Pochettino still technically made the signing. Lo Celso has been a standout player in a lacklustre season and has demonstrated his elite ability. 8/10.
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