Erik Lamela is officially the last man standing from the infamous ‘Gareth Bale Seven’ – the seven transfers Spurs made with the money they secured from selling Bale to Madrid.
Gareth became the world’s most expensive player back in 2013 when he moved from North London to Madrid for £85.3m (BBC), but Spurs didn’t hang about to spend the money.
So, where are the seven Spurs replacements now?
Erik Lamela –
Despite his injury problems, Lamela remains a Spurs man and seems to be popular among new head coach Jose Mourinho. Who would have thought he would be the last man standing?
Christian Eriksen –
Of course, the latest departee from Tottenham, Eriksen left for Inter Milan this January with under six months remaining on his Spurs contract. He has already slotted into the side in Milan.
Now 31-years-old, Paulinho enjoyed a strange journey after leaving Spurs. Tottenham sold him to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande, before he strangely moved to Barcelona for a season, scoring nine goals (Wikipedia). Barca then loaned him back to the same Chinese team and he transferred permanently there again in 2019.
Roberto Soldado –
Soldado has been all over the place since leaving Tottenham after an unremarkable spell. He scored 12 in 55 for Villarreal in Spain, before netting 19 in 59 for Fenerbahce and moving to Granada in 2019 (Wikipedia).
Nacer Chadli –
One of the more successful Bale Seven signings, Chadli played 119 games for Spurs. He then spent over a season with West Brom, before moving to Monaco, but now plays for Anderlecht in Belgium (Wikipedia).
Etienne Capoue –
One of the few to remain in England, Capoue moved straight from Spurs to Watford after just two seasons in North London. He has since played five seasons for the Hornets, featuring in 153 games and scoring 14 goals (Wikipedia).
Vlad Chiriches –
Now 30-years-old, Chiriches has been at Napoli ever since leaving Tottenham. However, he has managed just 48 games in four seasons, and is now out on loan at Sassuolo where he has featured just four times this season (Wikipedia).
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