Tottenham signings under Franco Baldini: Hit or miss?
By Ben McAleer, WhoScored.com
Last Updated: 28/09/15 8:41pm
Following technical director Franco Baldini's departure from Spurs, we rate the 14 signings the club made during his tenure.
The Italian oversaw the ins and outs at White Hart Lane in the wake of Gareth Bale's sale to Real Madrid and was tasked with spending the £86m gained from the Welshman's move to Spain.
Here, WhoScored.com analyse players that came - and went, in some cases - while Baldini was with the club...
Ben Davies - Hit
After spending much of last season forced to watch from the sidelines, Ben Davies is now making a starting spot his own. Forced to miss the end of the previous campaign due to a shoulder injury, the Welshman has started six of Spurs' seven league games so far, casting Danny Rose to the bench. His WhoScored.com rating (7.02) is currently at its highest in the last four league seasons after a slow start in the capital, with the defensive solidity provided on the left ensuring Spurs have conceded the joint-fewest goals (five) in England's top tier this term.
Michel Vorm - Miss
Signed as Hugo Lloris' backup, the Dutchman moved to Spurs on the same day as Davies. However, while considered first choice for Swansea, Michel Vorm has had to settle for a peripheral role at White Hart Lane. Since moving to London, Vorm has made just four league starts, with Lloris currently the club's undisputed number one. Though a solid reserve, an underwhelming display in the recent North London derby defeat suggests he's unlikely to usurp Lloris between the sticks any time soon. A WhoScored.com rating of just 6.18 at Manchester United on the opening day of the season was his lowest in a league match since moving to Spurs.
Eric Dier - Hit
Initially signed as a defender, it's in midfield where Eric Dier has blossomed under the stewardship of Mauricio Pochettino this season. Dier is currently Spurs' highest rated player with a WhoScored.com rating of 7.45, a significant increase on last season (6.93). A total of 27 tackles this term ranks among the top 10 Premier League players, with the 21-year-old currently one of Spurs' most important players. He is without doubt one of the club's better signings in recent years.
DeAndre Yedlin - N/A
The promising right-back is yet to be handed a real chance to prove his worth in the Premier League, with just 11 minutes of top-flight action under his belt for Spurs. Currently on loan at Sunderland, DeAndre Yedlin is yet to feature in England's top tier under Dick Advocaat. It's therefore too soon to tell whether his purchase will prove to be a shrewd move.
Federico Fazio - Miss
After missing out on Mateo Musacchio last summer, Spurs turned their attention to the gargantuan Argentine as a means of solidifying the defence. Federico Fazio had his moments at the heart of the backline and impressed in the air - only Christian Benteke (6.5) won more aerial duels per game than Fazio (4.8) in the Premier League last season - but the defensive reinforcements acquired this summer suggest he may now be surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane. Unlikely to regain his starting spot, it would be no great shock to see him depart next summer.
Benjamin Stambouli - Miss
Signed after the club missed out on Morgan Schneiderlin, Benjamin Stambouli failed to force his way into the starting XI once Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb formed a solid partnership in the middle of the park last season. A WhoScored.com rating of 6.52 was among the worst of Spurs' performers in the Premier League in 2014/15, though he made an impact in the Europa League, as his rating (7.44) suggests. His average of 3.5 tackles per game was the best at the club in Europe. Nevertheless, he was a player Mauricio Pochettino did not want and, despite a number of midfielders departing, was deemed surplus to requirements and subsequently sold to PSG over the summer.
Dele Alli - Hit
Signed in January, Dele Alli arrived at White Hart Lane over the summer after spending the remainder of last season at MK Dons. While ultimately a signing by the club's Head of Recruitment Paul Mitchell, Baldini will have overseen the acquisition and the teenager is one who has not disappointed for Spurs. With injuries to Mason, Bentaleb and Mousa Dembele potentially leaving Pochettino short of midfield options, Alli has come in and made a starting berth his own, forming a solid partnership with Dier in front of the defence. From starts only, Alli (7.39) is Spurs' third highest-rated player according to WhoScored.com. His reading of the game is one of his better traits having averaged 2.5 interceptions per game and he has quickly endeared himself to the Tottenham fans.
Paulinho - Miss
Perhaps Spurs' most underwhelming signing during Baldini's reign, Paulinho was signed on the back of an impressive Confederations Cup for Brazil. Dubbed the Brazilian Frank Lampard when he was signed, Paulinho ended up looking well out of his depth in the Premier League. An initial WhoScored.com rating of 6.89 was modest enough and left room for improvement, but he failed to build on that, gaining just a 6.40 last season as he struggled to hold down a starting berth. A wayward effort in the dour 0-0 draw with Burnley in April effectively summed up his Spurs career and it was no shock to see him moved on over the summer.
Nacer Chadli - Hit
Another to arrive with the money brought in from Bale's departure, Nacer Chadli initially struggled in the Premier League, though he has upped his game with Pochettino at the helm. His WhoScored.com rating improved from 6.70 to 6.90 last season, with the Belgian directly contributing to 16 of Spurs' 58 league goals in 2014/15. One of three players at the club to reach double figures for goals, Chadli is a handy squad player to have around. However, the arrival of Heung-Min Son is expected to limit his starting opportunities, particularly in the league. The 26-year-old, therefore, must take any chances to reclaim a spot with both hands, but he has ultimately been more hit than miss for Spurs.
Roberto Soldado - Miss
Joining from Valencia as one of the most prolific goalscorers in Spain, big things were expected of Roberto Soldado, who looked as though he might adjust to the rigours of English football with ease. Six goals in his opening 10 competitive appearances hinted that the Spaniard could replicate his scoring exploits in a Spurs shirt. But after a solid start everything went downhill for Soldado. His time at Spurs ended not with a bang, but a whimper. His WhoScored.com rating dropped from 6.54 to 6.21 over two seasons at Spurs. With the fans backing until the very end, it wasn't meant to be for Soldado in England. Indeed, Spurs supporters will be happy to see him return to form in Spain, where he has gained a WhoScored.com rating of 7.40 from five league appearances for Villarreal, with two goals and three assists contributing to this impressive score.
Etienne Capoue - Miss
Etienne Capoue signed from Toulouse with a big reputation and looked to make an immediate impact in the Spurs midfield. However, subsequent injury problems restricted Capoue to just eight league starts in his debut campaign, with managerial uncertainty not aiding the Frenchman. He started last season brightly, before falling out of favour under Pochettino and was eventually sold to Watford over the summer. The 27-year-old is currently flourishing under Quique Flores, with his WhoScored.com rating (7.30) bettered only by another former Spurs player Heurelho Gomes (7.35) at Vicarage Road. It seems Capoue is finally living up to expectations in the Premier League where he couldn't at Tottenham.
Vlad Chiriches - Miss
Romania international Vlad Chiriches initially encouraged in the Spurs defence, with his technical ability helping him gain a regular starting berth at centre-back. However, physical attackers easily overawed the Romanian, thus denting his performance levels when the going got tough. Unsurprisingly, his WhoScored.com rating dropped from 7.10 to 6.57 during his two seasons in north London, with his mistake in Spurs' 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa last season summing up the end of his Tottenham career. Chiriches was eventually sold to Napoli, where he is currently struggling for regular game time under Maurizio Sarri.
Christian Eriksen - Hit
Comfortably Spurs' best signing with Baldini cashing the cheques, Christian Eriksen is perhaps the club's most effective outlet in the final third, with 17 goals and a further 12 league assists to his name since he joined from Ajax in 2013. In his three seasons, only four players have played more key passes than Eriksen (162) in the Premier League, with the Dane playing a vital role in Spurs securing back-to-back Europa League finishes during his two full seasons.
Erik Lamela - To Be Confirmed…
Baldini maximised his extensive contact list to bring Erik Lamela to Spurs, but the Argentine laboured in England early on. The pressure on his shoulders was heavy from the get go given his hefty fee - a club-record £30m - to secure his services from Roma. Reports linked Lamela with a move away from the capital over the summer, yet the club's decision to retain his services is finally being justified. Factoring in just starts, Lamela has the best WhoScored.com rating (7.72) of all Spurs players this season, with his last three competitive outings proving how capable a performer he can be. Teetering perilously close to the 'miss' section, though, the 23-year-old needs to maintain his current form or run the risk of feeling the wrath of the Spurs faithful.
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