A closer look at the comings and goings at White Hart Lane this summer.IN
Gylfi Sigurdsson (From Hoffenheim, £8m)
At 22, the Icelandic midfielder, who scored 7 league goals in just 18 appearances for Swansea last season, looks a steal at £8m. Sigurdsson is only likely to get better and fits perfectly with chairman Daniel Levy’s policy of recruiting players with a sell-on value, who have the potential to be world-class. But his arrival needs to be considered alongside the departure of the man he has now replaced: Sigurdsson may have better legs, but he is no Rafa van der Vaart and will struggle in the near future to fill the hole left by the Dutchman. One for the future.
Jan Vertonghen (From Ajax, £11m)
Like Sigurdsson, Vertonghen looks a bargain at around £11m and last season’s Eredivisie Player of the Year will only improve as he adapts to the Premier League. The Belgian, 25, has the versatility to cover at left-back and the technique to start attacks from the back. Essentially a replacement for club legend Ledley King, he has big boots to fill but looks capable of doing so with aplomb. With Younes Kaboul out for 4 months, he could be hugely important to Spurs this term. A top-notch buy.