Tottenham Hotspur had a busy summer transfer window this year, bringing in seven new signings to North London, but how have they done so far?
We wanted to take a look at the new arrivals and rank them from worst to best in terms of their influence and how much they have impressed.
7. Matt Doherty – In terms of what I was expecting compared to what I have seen, Matt Doherty is definitely the most disappointing. The best I can say for him is that he has pushed Serge Aurier up to the next level. However, Doherty himself seems a bit lost in a back four and needs more time to adjust. I’m sure he will come good though!
6. Joe Rodon – Harsh to rank the youngster this far down the list but we simply have not seen enough of him yet. It’s a shame he was not registered in the Europa League because that group stage experience would have done him wonders. Looked good in the few minutes he has had on the pitch and definitely one for the future.
5. Joe Hart – In terms of dressing room influence, Hart is up there with the best. However, on the pitch, it certainly doesn’t look as though he will be challenging Lloris any time soon. I do worry what would happen if the Frenchman were to get injured, but hopefully, Hart can refind some form with more game time.
4. Carlos Vinicius – The new striker has done pretty much all he can to find his feet in North London since joining. Three goals and three assists in five games is a healthy return in the Europa League. We have seen what serving as Kane’s back-up can do to good strikers, so hitting the ground running was important for Vinicius. Let’s hope he can start helping out in the Premier League soon too.
3. Gareth Bale – Gareth Bale inches above Vinicius for the buzz around his signing alone. Bringing the prodigal son back just lifted the fanbase so much amidst some pretty tough times in the real world. While he has barely featured in the Premier League, he did get that all-important winner against Brighton. Lots more to come from Bale and I’m sure he will hit impressive heights again.
2. Sergio Reguilon – The Spanish left-back has been a revelation since joining. Every now and then, you see a player come in who is perfectly suited to Premier League football and Reguilon is one of those men. The athletic defender gets up and down the left flank for fun, sprinting for 90 minutes without any hint of fatigue.
1 – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – You would have to travel far to find a Spurs fan who would not put Pierre at the top of this list. The midfielder represents everything that Spurs have been missing since peak Wanyama. Mopping up attacks, hard-tackling, calmness and composure, ball retention, leadership… what a signing!
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