With the winter World Cup break now upon us in what is a unique season, let’s take a look back at how each of Tottenham’s summer signings have settled into life in North London.
Fraser Forster – Free Transfer – Southampton (Trasnfermarkt)
With Forster’s sole appearance coming in last week’s 2-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest, it’s hard to have a lot to say about the keeper.
Conceding two goals on his debut hardly covers him in glory, but neither goal was his fault, more coming as a consequence of poor team performance.
Given that there’s not a lot to judge the Englishman on out with one fleeting Carabao Cup cameo, a middle-of-the-road 5/10 seems appropriate.
Djed Spence – £12.9m – Middlesborough
Having played less than half an hour of football since arriving from Middlesborough, akin to Forster, it’s hard to form much of an opinion about Spence.
Despite ongoing issues at RWB, Conte seems reluctant to give Spence a chance, however in his 25 minutes in last week’s Carabao Cup game the Englishman certainly impressed; showing the drive and positivity fans have been calling for in the position
Again, it’s hard to rate Spence with so little football under his belt, so another 5/10 seems fair.
Clement Lenglet – Loan – Barcelona
Since arriving on loan from Barcelona, Lenglet has gradually played his way into Conte’s side. The Frenchman has made 12 starts and appeared twice more as a sub; impressing Spurs fans with his range of passing and composure at the back.
Besides the games against Sporting Lisbon, Lenglet has been a mainstay in the Champions League thus far, even scoring his only Spurs goals on our dramatic matchday six at Marseille.
With no buy-out-clause included in his deal, it’s uncertain whether Lenglet will remain at Spurs past this summer, but regardless he’s made a fine start to life in North London earning a sold 7/10 rating.
Yves Bissouma – £25.5m – Brighton
The nature of Yves Bissouma’s arrival brought a lot of excitement Spurs’ fans way, with little in terms of paper talk and rumours, but then all of a sudden, news broke that the Malian was Tottenham-bound.
Unfortunately, slight injury and tactical misunderstandings has made for a slow start to Bissouma’s Spurs tenure, however, in recent weeks, the midfielder has grown into the side.
Appearing in all but one of our Premier League games, whilst he may have been overshadowed by the heroics of Hojbjerg and Bentancur thus far, the Malian has become a competent, important member of the side.
Considering the freedom he was afforded at Brighton, it was always going to take time for Bissouma to settle into Conte’s rigid, strictly-managed system, but he has certainly improved from the player who first graced N17 back in August – 6.5/10
Ivan Perisic – Free Transfer – Inter Milan
In signing Perisic, Spurs finally broke our long-standing transfer policy of recruiting young, upcoming talent, instead welcoming a world-class veteran to the squad.
Since arriving the Croatian has featured in all but one game but has been regularly rotated domestically with Ryan Sessegnon likely to be preserved for the Champions League.
However, Perisic still boasts an impressive return of four league assists – with a further three in Europe, in 15 Premier League appearances; the most of any defender in the league this season alongside Liverpool’s Andy Robertson (BBC Sport).
Moreover, his versatility makes him a useful asset to Conte, being comfortable on either flank or even in a more central forward position. The Croatian has certainly made his mark on the side so far earning a 7/10 rating.
Richarlison – £50.8m – Everton
Richarlison’s arrival as our marquee summer signing finally provided Kane with the recognised backup fans had been crying out for, and a good one at that.
The Brazilian played himself into the team following impressive substitute appearances against Chelsea, Wolves, and Nottingham Forest, whilst a brace on his Champions League debut against Marseille further cemented his place.
Despite having just three league assists to his name, the forwards hard work, intensity, and determination have seen him become an instant hit at N17 and given his goal-scoring pedigree with Everton and Watford returns should duly follow.
Considering his instant endearment to Spurs fans and his on-pitch impact, Richarlison garners an impressive 8/10 rating for his season so far.
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