The club has always been trying to play catch up with those above them when it comes to the transfer market, as Daniel Levy is not a man who will splash the cash without a certain amount of caution.
This does not appear to be changing anytime soon but this summer has seen the club smash their transfer record after agreeing a £55 million deal to bring Tanguy Ndombele in from Lyon. They were also linked to a deal for Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, although couldn’t get the transfer over the line due to the cost of the player’s wages.
He would have been an exciting addition though Spurs do have Harry Kane to lead the line. The London club had several quality forwards to excite the White Hart Lane faithful over the years and Kane has certainly continued that tradition.
With that in mind, we have taken a look back at three other strikers that Tottenham signed throughout the Premier League era that offered the fans huge excitement at the time.
Previous club: Nottingham Forest
Transfer fee: £2.1m
Premier League goals for Spurs: 97 (across two spells)
In the inaugural Premier League season, Tottenham signed Nottingham Forest’s young star Teddy Sheringham. The player had made his name at Millwall and was a proven goal scorer. The £2.1 million fees was a lot at the time but it turned out to be a snip. The England legend would go on to smash home nearly 100 top-flight goals in two spells and is widely considered the best striker the club has had in the modern era – through Harry Kane might have something to say about that.
Previous club: AS Monaco
Transfer fee: £2m
Premier League goals for Spurs: 20
Spurs’ new signing Ndombele comes with a huge reputation from France. The player cost Tottenham £55.5m, breaking their club transfer record. His arrival has given Pochettino a boost and with Spurs at 18/1 to win the title in football betting outright markets. While the fee might be somewhat extraordinary, the arrival of a player from outside the country is the norm in modern football. But the influx of foreign talent was new to the English game in the early to mid-1990s and Jurgen Klinsmann’s arrival from Monaco was a big deal in 1994. The German would score 20 goals in his single season with the club and remains a popular figure to this day.
Previous club: Bayer Leverkusen
Transfer fee: £10.9m
Premier League goals for Spurs: 27
The Bulgarian striker was a big success during his two campaigns at White Hart Lane. After hitting 69 goals for Leverkusen Spurs agreed a fee of £10.9m to bring him to London and his cultured, languid style was a big hit with fans and pundits alike. His move to Manchester United at the start of the 2008-09 campaign soured things but he will still be remembered as one of Tottenham’s most classy strikers in Premier League history.
So there you have it – this summer may have seen Tottenham break a record, but snapping up quality players at crucial moments has been a key feature in the club’s history.
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