Tottenham Hotspur went over 500 days across two transfer windows without signing a single first-team player. It came as a surprise for many, and angered most fans. Most pundits wrote off Tottenham’s season.
Yet despite the lack of signings and lack of squad depth at crucial times during the season, the club went on to reach the Champions League final defying all the odds.
In a previous interview, Mauricio Pochettino outlined that it would be a “painful” summer for the club (Standard), with many players likely to be shown the door. Kieran Trippier was the latest to exit the club, being sold to Atletico Madrid.
The club have been given the green light to splash the cash on new additions to the squad this summer with the help of cash generated from player sales and Champions League revenue. Spurs have already broken their transfer budget this summer with the signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon for £55million (Guardian).
They are also close to signing Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso who said he wants to leave Betis to play Champions League football at Tottenham. (Standard)
Bringing two top-quality players into the team this summer would mean this transfer was a success for Tottenham. The Club have had many successful transfer windows in the past, signing players for a low price that ultimately became a crucial element in the starting eleven.
With that being said, we reflect on the top five best bargains the club has made in previous transfer windows.
4. Dele Alli
“He only cost five-mil, he’s better than Ozil. We’ve got Dele Alli!”
Just as the chant indicates, Dele Alli cost Spurs a grand total of just £5million (BBC) when he was picked up from MK Dons in February 2015. It’s yet to be seen whether Dele Alli will reach the heights of Mesut Ozil by the end of his career, but in his last few seasons at White Hart Lane he has certainly showed why his value has skyrocketed.
If Spurs were to sell Dele Alli, they’d be making a significant profit for a player that was arguably bought for a bargain.
His 2018/19 campaign wasn’t his best due to various injuries that hindered his form. But his supreme talents should never be disavowed. In his 131 Premier League appearances, Dele Alli has scored 42 goals and has created 32 assists.
His best season statistically was the 2016/17 campaign, scoring 18 goals to help the club finish second overall in the League.
Dele Alli is still young and has huge potential for a successful future. He is arguably one of the best transfers Spurs have made.
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