We’re just over halfway through January and many clubs are looking to strengthen their sides, whether this is for a battle for survival or a push for European places. Tottenham Hotspur have welcomed young fullback, DeAndre Yedlin, to their ranks and seem close to letting former England U21 international, Kyle Naughton, join Swansea. Tottenham have had many greats in their ranks over the Premier League era and hopefully will be graced with many more superb signings.
Top 5 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Signings
- Jürgen Klinsmann, 1994-1995, AS Monaco £2 million
Although his Tottenham career was short, with the emphatic German only spending 18 months over two stints at White Hart Lane, Klinsmann won over many Spurs fans with his flair and humorous personality. He netted a superb 29 goals in the 1994-1995 season, also walking away with the Football Writers’ Player of the Year Award. There is barely any better memory of the now USMNT manager than when he fired home four goals at home to Wimbledon in the penultimate game of the season which helped the club survive relegation.
- David Ginola, 1997-2000, Newcastle £2.5 million
The dazzling French winger really set the Premier League alight after his move from Tyneside and was adored by Spurs fans for his attacking threat and tricky style of play. In 1999, he managed to win the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and also the FWA Footballer of the Year award and major recognition for his role in Spurs’ eventful journey to winning the League Cup in the same year.
- Jermain Defoe, 2004-2008, West Ham £6 million/2009-2014, Portsmouth £15 million
Jermain Defoe has been an influential player for Tottenham in both periods enjoyed with the North London club. He was a clinical finisher in his prime and a true professional, which led him to becoming Tottenham’s top goal scorer in Europe, currently sitting fifth in the list of all-time top goal scorers with 143 goals in 362 games. He also wowed supporters when he buried five goals vs. Wigan in a thumping 9-1 victory for the London club, with many calling that performance his best in a Spurs shirt.
- Luka Modrić, 2008-2012, Dinamo Zagreb £16.5 million
The dynamic Croatian midfielder joined Spurs from Dinamo Zagreb and never looked back. Signing for a joint club record fee of £16.5m, matching that paid for Darren Bent in 2007, he stamped his name on the team sheet ever since Harry Redknapp took over, and worked his magic in an impressive Tottenham midfield. Although he suffered a few reoccurring injuries during his time in North London, he will be forever seen as an incredibly gifted talent who many argue Spurs have never been able to replace.
- Gareth Bale, 2007-2013, Southampton £5 million
You will struggle to find anyone who doesn’t know the unbelievable story of Welshman, Gareth Bale. From young, rejected full-back to world class forward, his journey has been incredible. The major turning point in his career was his stunning performance over the two legs against Inter Milan in the 2010/2011 Champions League season. Netting a hat-trick in the first leg and setting up goals for Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko, Bale really announced himself on the world stage. With the appointment of André Villas-Boas at Tottenham, Bale thrived in a more advanced central position, and on his way to winning the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and FWA Player of the Year Award, he scored 31 goals in all competitions. He was only the second player to win all three in one season, the other being Cristiano Ronaldo.
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