Tottenham: Grading the transfer window

Five incomings, five outgoings and a net profit. It's the Daniel Levy way of life.

The dust settles on another transfer window in which Tottenham were remarkably slow to get going, almost to where panic amongst the fanbase ensued. There were times when I was questioning whether Spurs would ever sign anybody again…

A flurry of late activity, as per usual, saw Daniel Levy bring in two players on deadline day, but is that enough to build on the success of last season?

RealSport have graded Spurs’ transfer window.


  1. 1 Paulo Gazzaniga

    From: Southampton

    Fee: Undisclosed

    Position: GK

    Joining for an undisclosed fee from Southampton, truthfully there's not much to say about Paulo Gazzaniga.

    Spurs signed a third choice goalkeeper. Does that mean we should praise the high heavens?

    I suppose it's necessary to have three goalkeepers, but it's nothing exciting.

  2. 2 Juan Foyth

    From: Estudiantes

    Fee: £8m

    Position: CB

    Not the most eye-catching of signings, but it was Tottenham's most protracted move of the transfer window and the young Argentinian reportedly turned down PSG to move to north London.

    He joins the best defence in the Premier League and takes Cameron Carter-Vickers' spot on the bench who joined Sheffield United on loan.

    Juan Foyth seems a decent prospect, but I can't envisage him getting more game time than the odd Carabao Cup appearance here and there. One for the future.

  3. 3 Davinson Sanchez

    From: Ajax

    Fee: £42m

    Position: CB

    Preparing for Toby Alderweireld's loss next summer or simply bolstering the ranks, you be the judge. Irrespective of the logic behind the move, Spurs have one of the best young defenders in Europe and it's only a matter of time before Davinson Sanchez starts in Mauricio Pochettino's back three.

    A fast and aggressive defender, the 21-year-old is also a capable ball-player and adds another dimension to the defence.

    A massive upgrade on Kevin Wimmer.

  4. 4 Serge Aurier

    From: PSG

    Fee: £23m

    Position: RB

    One of this summer's priorities was replacing Kyle Walker on the right flank, particularly after Kieran Trippier began the season so poorly.

    This is arguably Spurs' most exciting and eye-catching summer, and he only cost half the price Walker did for Manchester City... Remarkable business yet again from Mr Levy!

    Serge Aurier is a powerful, strong and fast right back that will inject pace and width into the side in lieu of Walker. He's essentially the Englishman, but with better crossing.

    If he can keep his head down and his name on the back pages rather than the front, then Spurs have a real coup on their hands.

  5. 5 Fernando Llorente

    From: Swansea City

    Fee: £12m

    Position: ST

    The transfer that surprised most on deadline day, as he was widely expected to join Chelsea and link up with former Juventus boss Antonio Conte. However, Fernando Llorente is a Lilywhite.

    This could be a clever signing from Spurs for a number of reasons. 

    The Spaniard scored 15 goals for Swansea last season and Spurs now have Premier League proven back-up, and competition, for Harry Kane, reducing their reliance on their star man.

    Llorente is a different striker to Kane and provides a different look in attack to change games late on, plus it allows Pochettino to deploy a 3-5-2 shape.

    His experience with big clubs and winning trophies will also prove invaluable for the relatively inexperienced Spurs squad.


Kyle Walker left to join Manchester City in a £45m deal, which was the only major star Tottenham lost over the summer.


The story goes that Pochettino wanted him gone after a falling out over the number of games he could play in a week, but to replace him with Aurier, who's just as good, for half the price is fantastic business.

Davinson Sanchez's arrival pushed Kevin Wimmer to Stoke in an £18m deal, and Spurs have done well to receive as much as they did, but it does leave them without a natural left-sided centre-back to support Jan Vertonghen.


Nabil Bentabel, Federico Fazio and Clinton N'Jie turned their loan moves to Schalke, Roma and Marseille respectively into permanent ones for a combined fee of £26m, more good business to receive that sort of money for squad players.

Josh Onomah and Cameron Carter-Vickers were sent out on loan to Aston Villa and Sheffield United respectively, which offers them a chance to impress and improve themselves before returning to compete in the first team next season. I'm all for it.

Have Tottenham missed anything?

There was one glaringly obvious problem in the Spurs squad identified at the beginning of the window that, once more, wasn't addressed by Daniel Levy.

Spurs needed pace and width in their side and whilst they got that in Aurier, it was a winger or wide forward they desperately needed. To hear rumours of a rejected bid for Demarai Gray and work permit issues for Lucas Moura is just rubbing salt in the wound.

Support and competition for Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli was also needed to keep them on their toes and alert, but moves for Andre Gomes and Ross Barkley never truly materialised.

Another missed opportunity.

RealSport verdict: B

To upgrade Wimmer and Walker to Sanchez and Aurier whilst bringing in a profit on the duo is absolutely remarkable and for that Levy deserves some credit.

However, overall, the summer has been disappointing. The best defence in the Premier League for the past two years didn't need too much strengthening and it seemingly took priority over the biggest issue in the squad; depth in the final third.

Spurs aren't any weaker than they were last season, but arguably they're not any stronger without having addressed the issue of pace.

Aurier and Llorente on deadline day wasn't enough for Levy to be hailed a hero.

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Oli Stein

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016.

Currently assistant football editor and Tottenham correspondent.

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