Correspondent's annual Tottenham player ratings puts two summer signings highest

Spurs have seen many new faces step through the door over the past year, and some believe that two in particular were the highest performers this past season.
Tottenham Hotspur v Brentford FC - Premier League
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It was a rollercoaster of a season for Tottenham Hotspur - as it often tends to be - and fans are undoubtedly excited for what lies ahead.

Who will the next signings be? What will Ange, the second largest winner in the history of first-year Tottenham managers, do with a full season now under his belt?

There are so many questions about the future, and rightfully so. However, if there's ever a time to look to the past, it's in that awkward period where football fans wait around, glued to social media to keep up with the latest transfer drama, passing the time until they can watch their team take the pitch.

So, in the spirit of reminiscence, Alasdair Gold, Tottenham correspondent for, recently took the time to produce his annual end-of-season player ratings.

Team captain Son Heung-min was a notable player on the list with his team-high 27 goal contributions, earning him the score of 8/10.

Vice-captain Cristian Romero was also high-up on the list with an 8.5/10, likely due to his ability this year (in contrast to those previous) to control his defensive aggression and take on would-be attacking threats with poise and patience.

However, neither one of those players earned the top marks. The best perfromers, according to Gold, were summer signings Guglielmo Vicario and Micky van de Ven, who each earned a 9/10.

"The Italian came from a very different league, where he also wasn't called upon to use his feet for too much short passing and he had to fill the gloves of a goalkeeper in Hugo Lloris who had been in place for 11 years," Gold said about Vicario. Despite that, he "played every minute of every single Premier League match this season, becoming only the 12[th] Spurs player to do that," Gold added.

As for Tottenham's Dutch defender, Micky van de Ven, Gold described how he fell "in seamlessly to the pace and physicality of the Premier League and soon became the fastest recorded player in the competition's history. His pace makes the Postecoglou high line work as he can mop up behind it."

Both Vicario and VDV were new to the pace and physicality of the Premier League, but rather than shying away from the challenge, they flourished under it.

Though it's never easy to predict what lies ahead in the world of football, we can be certain that Gold's highest rated players will be crucial pieces to Ange Postecoglou's tactical puzzle.