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Tottenham Transfers: Grading Spurs' Deadline Day Moves

Frank WagnerCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2017

Tottenham Transfers: Grading Spurs' Deadline Day Moves

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    Whoever said that deadline day would be less exciting for Tottenham with Harry Redknapp gone?

    Spurs pulled some huge moves (via ESPN) on the final day of August, using the money gained from Luka Modric's sale to Real Madrid to invest in a few new faces.

    Meanwhile, a few more familiar faces were shown the door.

    So, how did Tottenham do with their deadline-day shake-up?

    Let's grade each of their transfers.

SALE: Rafael van der Vaart to Hamburg

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    Let's all bid adieu to Rafael van der Vaart, a staple of the side for the past two seasons.

    Rafa's influential play in Spurs' 2010-11 Champions League campaign and his goal against Arsenal at the Lane last season will not soon be forgotten.

    Still, van der Vaart had caused a few small problems when he was missing playing time last season and was sure to have his minutes cut even more this season. It is very unlikely the Dutchman would have been happy at the Lane this season, so it makes sense to let him go.

    I like the £10 million that Spurs were able to get for Rafa from Hamburg and think they were able to get every penny from them.

    With Dempsey now signed, I think this was a great deal done by Daniel Levy.

    Still, it's tough to say good-bye.

     

    Grade: A-

SALE: Giovani dos Santos to Mallorca

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    Gio was never really given a great chance to make his mark on Spurs.

    The Mexican's frustration was obvious, as he was surely going to be unhappy if he stayed at Tottenham.

    Spurs did as well as they could have today in selling dos Santos, but I downgrade this move because of how poorly they handled the young talent during his time at the Lane.

     

    Grade: B+

BUY: Hugo Lloris from Lyon

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    This was a much-needed move for Spurs, whose top two keepers are 41 and 38 years of age.

    The 25-year-old French captain is sure to be a staple of Spurs for years to come.

    You have to feel bad for Brad Friedel, who was playing quite well for his age. By all rights, Spurs could have waited a year to make their move for a keeper, but it's hard to think of a better keeper becoming available.

    You have to love this move.

     

    Grade: A

LOAN: Danny Rose to Sunderland

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    In some senses, I really like this move.

    After all, last season, Rose showed that he's not quite ready for first-team action at Spurs. Given that he's just 22 years old, it seems a great idea to send him out to a place where he will get more playing time.

    However, there's one glaring problem: when Benoit Assou-Ekotto got hurt last season, Rose had to replace him at left-back. So, what if Assou-Ekotto is injured again? Who will come in at left-back?

    Doesn't seem like Spurs thought this one out.

     

    Grade: B-

BUY: Clint Dempsey from Fulham

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    Brilliant, brilliant business by Daniel Levy here.

    Fulham and Dempsey were clearly at odds and obviously had no way back. Meanwhile, Liverpool were dragging their feet, and Villa were rejected by Dempsey.

    Meanwhile, Spurs' deal with Joao Moutinho was falling apart, and van der Vaart was already sold.

    So, with three hours to go in the window, Levy high-jacked the Dempsey situation and took the American for just £6 million.

    Dempsey was the fourth-highest scorer in the Premier League last season and will join his Fulham teammate Moussa Dembele at the Lane.

    Sure, Clint Dempsey is 29 years of age, but just £6 million for the fourth-highest scorer?

    I'll take it.

     

    Grade: A

Summary

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    So, how did Tottenham do today overall?

    The two buys (Lloris and Dempsey) were undoubted home runs, and the sale of Rafael van der Vaart was shrewd.

    However, there were a few low points.

    The inability to get Joao Moutinho means the hole left by Luka Modric in the creative midfield role is still open. However, the acquisitions of Moussa Dembele, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Dempsey over the span of August should reduce this. Yes, there's no like-for-like substitute, but that's not completely necessary.

    The big mistake in my opinion, though, is the loan of Danny Rose without the acquisition of a left-back to back up Benoit Assou-Ekotto. The move makes Spurs one injury away from having a bit of trouble.

    Still, this mistake is not as bad as how good the successes of their acquisitions were. Hence, the deadline-day moves were, overall, a huge success.

     

    Grade: A-

     

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