Tottenham’s 2013 spending spree - Where are they now?

With Christian Eriksen looking destined for a move away from Tottenham eiter in January or in Summer, that will leave Erik Lamela as the one remaining Tottenham player from their £110M spending spree during 2013 after the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. We began contemplating the other signings that Tottenham made along with Eriksen and Lamela and what they’re up to now.

Roberto Soldado - £27M

The joint-highest signing to arrive at White Hart Lane that window was Spanish striker Roberto Soldado who arrived from Valencia for £27M, and it’s fair to say that he didn’t live up to the hype as he only scored 7 goals in 52 appearances for Tottenham between 2013 and 2015. Soldado’s difficulty to adjust to the Premier League saw Tottenham offload the player to Villarreal where Soldado spent 2 years before joining Turkish side Fenerbahce. On the 15th of July last year, Soldado returned to Spain and signed a 1-year contract with newly promoted Granada, making his debut in a 4-4 draw with former club Villarreal.

Paulinho - £17.75M

As well as Soldado, Paulinho was another underwhelming addition to Tottenham during 2013 when he arrived from Brazilian side Corinthians for £17.75M, which at the time was the club’s record transfer fee. Paulinho made his debut for Tottenham in a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace where he was also named as the Man of the Match, making 44 more appearances for the club before moving to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande in 2015, which started a trend of various players making big-money moves to the Chinese Super League. Paulinho won 2 Chinese Super League titles in 2 years before making a surprise move to Barcelona in 2017, where his consistent performances cemented him a starting place in a Barcelona team that won the domestic double. Even more surprising than Paulinho’s move to Barcelona, was his loan move back to Guangzhou Evergrande in July of 2018, with the Chinese club purchasing Paulinho for a second time in January of 2019.

Christian Eriksen - £12.15M

As it stands, Eriksen is still a Tottenham player, but that looks set to change any day as he is heavily linked with a move away from Tottenham, just as he was before the start of the 19/20 season. After joining the Ajax youth side from Danish side OB, Eriksen was promoted to the first team in 2010, where he scored 32 goals and registered 65 assists in 163 appearances for the Dutch side, winning 4 Eredivisie titles in the process, before moving to Tottenham in 2013. Eriksen established himself as one of the world’s best attacking midfielders during his time at Tottenham, scoring 69 goals and recording 89 assists in 302 games for the North London side, picking up many individual awards in the process, such as: 5 Danish Player of the Year awards, 1 Tottenham Player of the Year award and appearing in the PFA Premier League Team of the Season for the 17/18 season. Naturally, Eriksen’s fantastic form has attracted the attention of various European clubs, with Manchester United and Real Madrid being linked with him last summer, as well as PSG and Inter being linked with him in January, with Inter looking like his likely destination.

Nacer Chadli - £7.34M

Tottenham were fairly familiar with Nacer Chadli before signing him in 2013, as the Belgian scored twice against Tottenham in the Champions League for FC Twente during the 10/11 season. That on top of 25 goals in 84 appearances for FC Twente persuaded Tottenham to take a chance on Chadli, signing him for just under £8M. Chadli got off to a good start at White Hart Lane, but injuries cut short Chadli’s good run of form, despite the injury, Chadli scored a respectable 15 goals in 88 appearances for Tottenham. In August of 2016, West Brom agreed a deal with Tottenham and signed Chadli for a club transfer record £13M. Chadli spent 2 years at the Hawthorns before signing a 3-year contract with French side Monaco in 2018 where he only made 16 appearances, returning to Belgian with Anderlecht on loan in August of 2019.

Etienne Capoue - £9.9M

Out of all the players Tottenham recruited during 2013, no player made fewer appearances for the club than Etienne Capoue, with the French midfielder only making 24 appearances for the club after moving from Toulouse. After an underwhelming start to life at White Hart Lane, Capoue joined newly-promoted Watford in 2015 for a reported club record fee of £6.3M. Capoue has remained at Watford since then, making 143 appearances for the club and being named as Watford’s Player of the Season in May 2019.

Vlad Chiriches - £8.55M

Another player who didn’t make much of an impact at White Hart Lane was defender Vlad Chiriches, with the Romania only featuring 27 times for Tottenham, making his final appearance against Stoke in May of 2015, where he received a red card. With Roma wanting to take Chiriches on loan during January of 2015, which Tottenham rejected, Chiriches did make the move to Italy the following summer, joining Napoli. Chiriches featured 32 times for Italian side before joining Sassuolo on loan at the start of the 19/20 season.

Erik Lamela - £27M

Along with Eriksen (for now), Erik Lamela is one of the surviving recruits from 2013 and was the joint highest signings for Tottenham that window with Roberto Soldado. After joining River Plate as a 7-year-old, Barcelona reportedly offered Lamela and his family €100,000 a year as well as a house and employment for his parents to move to Barcelona in a somewhat similar deal that saw Lionel Messi move to Barcelona when he was younger. The offer from Barcelona was declined and Lamela remained at River Plate where he made his debut on the 14th of June 2009 and went on to make 36 appearances for the club before moving to Italian side Roma in 2011. Lamela produced good form for Roma, scoring 21 goals and registering 13 assists in 67 games, which persuaded Tottenham to make a move for him on the 30th of August 2013. Since then, Lamela has made 204 appearances for Tottenham and established himself as a fan favourite.

Didn’t work out for Liverpool either

Liverpool found themselves in a similar situation in 2014 after they sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona. The fee wasn’t as high as Bale’s was, with Barcelona paying a fee in the region of £65M for the services of Suarez.

Just like Tottenham, Liverpool opted to purchase several players the same window instead of focusing on 1 suitable world-class replacement for Suarez, with: Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert, Lazar Markovic, Alberto Moreno, Emre Can, Divock Origi, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.

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