Spurs new signings were given an early introduction into first team football – all, bar Vlad Chiriches, have played in the Premier League, although Erik Lamela has been restricted to cameo appearances as a late substitute. Injury has denied Etienne Capoue after a very promising start in midfield and Nacer Chadli has also been out for a few games.
Tottenham’s ‘Magnificent 7′ summer signings have had two months of Premier League and European football – who has been the most impressive during the opening weeks of the season and made the greatest impact with Spurs?
The ‘Magnificent 7′
Paulinho: has been a regular in midfield with Mousa Dembele and has been an immediate and impressive presence in the centre of the pitch and a provides a goalscoring threat going forward. He scored his first goal in Georgia against Tbilisi with a header from an Andros Townsend cross. He then got off the mark in the Premier League with a crucial back-heeled winner at Cardiff in added time from Lamela’s cross. His third goal was in the Capital One Cup when he scored from a corner. He has also had an assist against Norwich and has found good goalscoring positions on other occasions only to be denied.
Christian Eriksen: signed late in the transfer window he was an instant hit against Norwich, creating the opening goal for Gylfi Sigurdsson and was involved in the build-up to his second. He has displayed a range of passing and an ability to read the game with great awareness of players around him. He scored his first goal with a late curled shot against Tromso in the Europa League.
Roberto Soldado: started with four goals in his first three games but has also held up play well and been involved in the build up to goals. Spurs’ first two league goals were penalties which Soldado dispatched with a calm confidence. He also scored twice against Tbilisi in the 1st leg in Georgia. He has an assist for Sigurdsson’s goal against Chelsea but has been unable to find the net in recent games band was unfortunate to find the Cardiff goalkeeper in such good form. Left out of the team against West Ham, his link up play was missed but he needs better service from wide positions.
Nacer Chadli: started in the team and came on to create two goals against Tbilisi in Georgia. Injury kept him out for a period but has returned and has been used off the substitutes’ bench. He scored his first goal against Villa in the Cup.
Erik Lamela: another late signing, he has been used as a substitute in the league games but started the European and Cup matches. He made an impact against Cardiff, providing the cross for Paulinho’s late winner. Playing on the right and cutting into the area, he works back to help when required and created a goal for Defoe against Tromso.
Etienne Capoue: impressed on his debut as a substitute against Crystal Palace but was injured against Arsenal and is still recovering but should return by the beginning of next month.
Vlad Chiriches: a late signing, his debut was delayed while awaiting a work permit. He has started two games in the Cup and in Russia against Anzhi. He started both games shakily but improved as they went on and impressed with his pace, confidence on the ball, defending and desire to carry the ball out of defence. He could soon be pushing for a place in the starting eleven.
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