Grading the summer transfer window: Tottenham Hotspur
How did Spurs fare in the transfer market? We try to assess...
Yes, yes, I know. The transfer window has faded into the mist, but the fog still has the scent of its trail. Doesn’t it? The point is that it has only been about a month since the transfer window and slammed shut – and we are yet to speak of the business that Tottenham Hotspur did in the window.
The summer window of 2017 was the biggest ever in the history of the game. Most of the affluent clubs in the Premier League went absolutely berserk in the transfer market. Indeed, with over a billion pounds spent, this past window witnessed the most amount of money spent in the summer transfer window by Premier League clubs.
And Tottenham were among the ones that kept their urges under control and spent as wisely as they possibly could. At one stage – after 6 weeks of the transfer window, to be precise – the fans were getting restless due to the fact the Lilywhites hadn’t signed a single player by then.
However, by the end of the deadline day, Daniel Levy brought in five players to help Spurs with their quest of winning the Premier League. And so here we are, trying to make sense of how their signings fared up…
#1 Kyle Walker
It is never a good idea to sell one of your best players to a rival club. However, with Manchester City showing aggressive intent for the right-back – coupled with the England international’s insistence on leaving the club – Spurs had to sell their asset, but they got a lot of money for it.
While there is no doubt that Kyle Walker is one of the best full-backs in the league, Spurs have gotten a lot of money for a player that had only two truly world-class seasons at the White Hart Lane. Also, the fact that Walker’s final-delivery isn’t yet up there with the greats makes the deal even better.
But, it can’t be denied that Spurs have lost a great player – someone who made a difference in their attack – and they would have certainly missed his surging runs had they not signed the mercurial Serge Aurier.
Since Spurs have an apt replacement for Walker already, selling him wasn't all that bad. Hence, a 6/10.