Erik Lamela is nearing a change to Sevilla in a transfer that actually looks like the tip of an period for Tottenham.
Not as a result of the Argentine might be painfully missed, however as a result of he’s the final of the crop referred to as the ‘Magnificent Seven’. They had been the gamers introduced in after Spurs went on a spending spree with the £85million Actual Madrid paid for Gareth Bale again in 2013.
On the time, it felt as if spreading high quality all through the staff would enhance Tottenham in the long term even with out their talisman, who jumped ship for the LaLiga giants.
However there have been much more misses than hits amongst these seven gamers recruited by Andre Villas-Boas in a £109m spending spree.
Right here, Sportsmail takes a more in-depth take a look at who Tottenham signed and the place they’ve ended up.
Tottenham’s seven signings made with the Gareth Bale windfall in the summertime of 2013 – (left to proper) Paulinho, Christian Eriksen, Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches and Erik Lamela
Bale kisses the Actual Madrid badge following his £85.3million transfer to the Bernabeu in 2013
Striker, £26m from Valencia; Spurs report – 76 matches, 16 targets
Soldado arrived as the person who would fill Bale’s prolific boots. He got here with nice pedigree from Valencia the place he solely trailed Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Radamel Falcao within the scoring tally over the last few seasons.
And what a begin he had in a white shirt. He scored 4 occasions in his first three video games and it appeared like Spurs had themselves a gem.
However the title Soldado is extra more likely to evoke a shudder from Tottenham followers now.
The Spaniard’s confidence drained quickly and he appeared like a misplaced pet at occasions, battling the pace and physicality of the Premier League.
Roberto Soldado’s time at Spurs is finest forgotten by supporters and the striker himself
He solely managed six targets that season and any notion that it was Villas-Boas he did not work properly with was quickly discarded when Mauricio Pochettino got here in.
Soldado solely managed 5 in 40 video games the next season and Harry Kane’s emergence meant they ultimately reduce ties.
He was offered to Villarreal for £10m in 2015 earlier than a two-year stint at Fenerbahce and one other two years with Granada.
Soldado continues to be going sturdy and signed for Levante on a two-year deal final month.
Midfielder, £17m from Corinthians; Spurs report – 67 matches, 10 targets
The person labelled ‘The Brazilian Frank Lampard’ was all the time doomed to underwhelm after a moniker like that to stay as much as.
He arrived in kind having helped Brazil win the 2013 Confederations Cup and far was anticipated of him at Spurs.
He netted thrice in his first eight video games and appeared to again up Villas-Boas’ declare that he was ‘an all-rounder with an eye fixed for aim’.
Brazil worldwide midfielder Paulinho (proper) arrived from Corinthians for a membership report £17m
However Paulinho’s kind then dwindled and Pochettino didn’t appear to charge him when he took cost having are available from Southampton.
The Brazilian made simply three Premier League begins in his second marketing campaign.
Ultimately, Spurs reduce their losses and cashed in to the tune of £9.9m with Guangzhou Evergrande signing him.
Bizarrely, Barcelona then signed him for £34m, but it surely really turned out as a strong piece of enterprise. Paulinho helped the staff to a home double and emerged as a key participant, scoring 9 occasions in 49 video games over the season.
However a 12 months later, it was again to the Chinese language Tremendous League with Guangzhou on mortgage with the choice to purchase, which the membership later exercised.
He was launched by Guangzhou in June this 12 months by mutual consent as a result of Covid pandemic.
Paulinho weaves between Shinji Kagawa and Phil Jones throughout a match towards Man United
Centre-back, £8.5m from Steaua Bucharest; Spurs report – 41 matches, 2 targets
Chiriches will maybe be remembered at Spurs for 2 issues.
The primary was his agent’s in poor health suggested declare that: ‘If he has one or two good seasons at Tottenham, Chelsea might be prepared to pay a big sum to purchase him.’
And the second was footage of the defender falling over exterior a nightclub in Bucharest days earlier than a 5-1 thumping by Manchester Metropolis.
Chiriches was offered to Napoli for £4.5m in 2015 however hardly performed. He was loaned out to Sassuolo for the 2019-20 season and so they made the deal everlasting the next 12 months. He stays on the books of the Serie A membership.
Vlad Chiriches defends towards Fulham’s Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov again in 2013
Attacking midfielder, £7m from FC Twente; Spurs report – 119 matches, 25 targets
The above gamers are rightly considered flops however Chadli proved to be a cut price at simply £7m.
The 2014-15 marketing campaign was his finest because the Belgian scored 13 occasions in all competitions and Spurs discovered themselves in a title race earlier than ending up in third.
Chadli ended up spending three seasons on the membership earlier than shifting on to West Brom for double the price Spurs signed him for.
Accidents hampered him over two years for the Baggies and he left for Monaco in 2018 the place he made 16 appearances earlier than a mortgage to Anderlecht in his homeland the next 12 months.
Chadli averaged nearly a aim each two video games on the membership and was signed by Istanbul Basaksehir in 2020.
Nacer Chadli was successful throughout three seasons at Tottenham earlier than shifting to West Brom
Defensive midfielder, £9.3m from Toulouse; Spurs report – 36 matches, 2 targets
Having seen the progress Capoue went on to make at Watford after leaving Tottenham, there might be some followers who should really feel the membership acted too quickly in ditching him.
The highly effective central midfielder suffered an injury-hit time at Spurs and was not fancied by both Tim Sherwood and Pochettino.
Capoue went on to hitch the Hornets for £6.3m and spent six years on the membership earlier than becoming a member of Villarreal in January this 12 months.
He was man of the match for the Spanish facet as they beat Manchester United to the Europa League.
A uncommon vibrant second in Tottenham colors for Capoue as he scores towards Burnley
Attacking midfielder, £11m from Ajax; Spurs report – 305 matches, 69 targets
Undoubtedly the best success story of the magnificent seven, Eriksen established himself as considered one of Europe’s best attacking midfielders.
He performed greater than 300 occasions for the membership, scored 69 targets, delivered 89 assists and all for the sum of £11m. The good Dane proved to be a superb addition.
Eriksen flourished beneath Pochettino and helped them attain the Champions League ultimate, shedding out to Liverpool in Madrid.
When Spurs had been on the peak of their powers beneath their Argentine boss, Eriksen was pulling the strings and helped them orchestrate a title tilt.
Christian Eriksen scored 69 targets and contributed 89 assists in his 305 matches for Spurs
However it turned clear that he wished a brand new problem and was annoyed by the dearth of silverware.
Eriksen joined Inter Milan for £16.9m however then discovered himself out of favour beneath Antonio Conte. He fought tooth and nail to interrupt into the line-up and have become a key participant in direction of the tip of final season’s Scudetto-winning marketing campaign.
Then, this summer time in his nation’s opening Euro 2020 fixture towards Finland, Eriksen collapsed on the pitch and needed to be given life-saving remedy in scenes that shocked the soccer world.
He was rushed to Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, the place he was fitted with a cardioverter defibrillator.
The 29-year-old is resting and recovering at house and it stays to be seen whether or not he’ll be capable of proceed his profession.
The Denmark midfielder posted this image of himself in his hospital mattress shortly after he collapsed final month
Winger, £30m from Roma; Spurs report – 206 matches, 33 targets
The addition of Lamela in 2013 broke Spurs’ switch report for a 3rd time that summer time.
He has annoyed, thrilled and produced nearly every little thing in between in a Spurs shirt. Two outrageous rabona targets, one towards Asteras Tripoli within the Europa League and one other final season within the north London derby.
That strike ended up successful him the Aim of the Season award.
Erik Lamela gave Spurs followers some fond recollections, together with this rabona towards Arsenal
Lamela additionally managed to get himself despatched off in that sport in a efficiency that almost sums up his time on the membership.
There’s undoubted skill there and Sevilla will hope to faucet into it on a extra constant foundation.
Finally, Lamela might be fondly remembered for the moments of pleasure he supplied and his unquestionable work-rate endeared him to followers.
Lamela’s seven years at Tottenham will be judged successful regardless of numerous damage setbacks