It can surely be said that the Premier League is one place where spending is considered as important as the game itself. More often than not, one can see English fans taking an intense in their club’s transfers. Also, unsurprisingly, the transfer market has developed itself into a mini-league.
Previously the Champions League regulars like Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United made most of the headlines with their transfer activities. Then came the era of Manchester City, when they blew everyone with their money power. And now with the new TV deal kicking in, EPL’s financial muscle has strengthened considerably and other clubs too can flex their muscles in the market.
Tottenham Hotspur seems prized for that role. The North London club, in the last decade, has transformed itself into a club that poses the biggest threat to the Champions League regulars. As expected, this transition hasn’t been easy. Hoards of players have joined and left the club with the face of the club changing incessantly over the period.
Here we look at some of those biggest top dollar arrivals in North London ( the white one that is).
#10 Serhiy Rebrov – € 18 million
Serhiy Rebrov moved from Dynamo Kiev to Tottenham during the start of 2000-2001 season. The Ukrainian striker had wreaked havoc in his native league where he had scored 30 goals in the 1999-2000 season. This figure included 10 goals in the UEFA Champions League, which made him the joint top scorer for that edition of the tournament.
In comparison to his previous record, Serhiy had a difficult first outing in the English top flight. He scored 12 goals in 30 appearances for the club that season. The next season, however, was disastrous by any standards. George Graham, the Tottenham manager who had brought him to the club was sacked in March 2001.
The new manager, Glenn Hoddle, did not fancy the striker too much. With no guaranteed starting position in the 2001-02 season, the Ukrainian could only manage 3 goals in the whole campaign.
Unsurprisingly, he was shipped out to Fenerbahce on loan for two successive seasons after just two years at the North London club. Serhiy, thereafter could not recreate the magic he had previously shown but did retire as the second highest scorer in the Ukrainian league.