Ratings Attack: A Look at How Spurs' Summer Signings Have Fared so Far This Season

After a hectic festive period of fixtures, we now find ourselves slightly beyond the halfway point of the 2017/18 campaign in the Premier League.


Tottenham Hotspur were one of the quieter clubs during the summer transfer window, as they made a number of subtle rather than spectacular additions to bolster their squad.


Lets look at how each player has fared and their impact for the Lilywhites when they have been given the opportunity to play by Mauricio Pochettino. 

1. Davinson Sanchez

Davinson Sanchez was signed extremely late during the transfer window for a club record fee of £42m from Dutch side Ajax on a six year contract - a reflection of his potential. 


The 21-year-old has had a very positive impact with the Lilywhites, even after having little time to adjust to the physical demands of the Premier League. During pre-season he was away playing with his national side Colombia to secure World Cup qualification.


After making a total of 22 appearances this season in all competitions, the long term absence of Toby Alderweireld has ensured the central defender is getting plenty of first team action and the modest Sanchez has continued to thrive.


Rating: 8/10

2. Serge Aurier

Serge Aurier arrived from PSG with a mixed reputation - a player with undoubted talent, but one that had baggage. 


Consistently, the defender has shown in his performances that he is an athlete and possesses power and strength. The Ivorian international has versatility and can play equally competently at right back or in a wing back role depending on who Pochettino's opponents are. 


Although his fiery temperament has seen him get sent off in Spurs' 3-2 league defeat of West Ham, he has been able to channel his emotions more consistently and proved a welcome addition to Tottenham's squad and added valued competition for Kieran Trippier.   


Rating: 7/10

3. Juan Foyth

Juan Foyth was another player that joined Spurs late during the summer transfer window, for a reported £8m on a five-year contract from Argentine club Estudiantes de la Plata.


The young defender made his debut for the club in an EFL Cup tie against Championship side Barnsley - a game that Tottenham narrowly won 1–0. The teenager has only made a total of three appearances for the first team, but has looked assured in his displays as he gets more accustomed to the physical demands of the league and adjusting to living in a different country.


Rating: 6.5/10

4. Paul Gazzaniga

On 23 August 2017, Paul Gazzaniga signed for £900,000 on a five-year contract after spending five seasons at Pochettino's previous club Southampton. 


The Argentine keeper has found his first team opportunities limited due to the form of Hugo Lloris and the experience of understudy Michel Vorm. However, he made his first team debut against Crystal Palace in the Premier League and had a Man of the Match performance to ensure the Lilywhites ran out 1-0 winners against their London rivals. 


Although he has a solitary performance to show so far in his Spurs' career, he is very much a player bought for the future. As a 25-year-old, time is on his side as he learns his goalkeeping trade under more experienced campaigners. 


Rating: 6/10

5. Fernando Llorente

Fernando Llorente arrived from Swansea City for an undisclosed fee, and many believing that he would be a very astute signing; especially due to his reputation as a quality target man who had an eye for goal. 


It has taken time for the Spanish international to settle and adjust to Pochettino's expectations, as he is very much seen as a back up to Harry Kane. Although his collective time on the pitch has been limited, the striker has still managed 19 appearances for Spurs in total - mainly from the substitute's bench. 


The Spurs' faithful have yet to see Llorente's full potential, however he did score his first goal for the club on 6 December 2017, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–0 Champions League win over APOEL FC. It was arguably his best game, linking up play well and developing a good understanding with Son Heung-min - more still to come from the big striker! 


Rating: 5/10

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