As soon as the summer transfer window ends as we begin to look back on it all, the same question inevitably is always asked—which club had the best transfer window?
Which club did the best business with the money that was available to them—bringing in new players and selling off old players, all whilst keeping the existing talent that they had.
And for me, the club that was the strongest over the summer transfer window this year was Tottenham Hotspur. It's not even close.
Not that we should have been surprised knowing how Daniel Levy operates but still, it was one incredible transfer window for Spurs.
Have a look for a minute at all the players arriving at White Hart Lane.
Hugo Lloris (Lyon, £13 million) and Jan Vertonghen (Ajax, £10 million) are proven performers on the defensive end and will be greatly appreciated for Spurs this summer. They are definitely upgrades on the likes of Brad Friedel, and will prove to be worth significantly more than what Levy has negotiated for both of them.
But as good as their summer has been defensively, it has been sensational in regards to their attack, with few clubs able to boast the new attacking elements that Levy and Andre Villas-Voas have brought to Spurs.
Moussa Dembele was a midfield machine at Fulham—the driving force behind plenty of their attacks and one of the reasons behind their strong start in the English Premier League this season. He is on his way to Spurs for £15 million.
Emmanuel Adebayor will also be making a return to White Hart Lane after a successful loan spell with the club has earned him a permanent £5 million deal from Manchester City. Adebayor was a huge addition for the club towards the back half of last year, and will prove his worth again this year.
Gylfi Sigurdsson made a move from Hoffenhiem for £8 million—a player who proved last season at Swansea City that he has what it takes to succeed in the English Premier League. The Icelandic striker has already proved that he can score great goals for Spurs, and will continue to be a threat throughout the reminder of the season.
And their deadline day signing—Clint Dempsey from Fulham—simply needs no further introduction or reasoning than to say that he is a quality, quality player. Dempsey could thrive with better players around him, and with Dembele still behind him, we could see the American star have a very strong season at White Hart Lane.
But the real key here is to look at what Tottenham paid for their six summer acquisitions—less than £60 million. To pay less than £60 million and receive the talent that they did is simply incredible—a true testament to the efficiency and skill of Daniel Levy and Spurs' management.
They lost players like Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart, Giovanni dos Santos and Steven Pienaar, who, in an ideal world, would have remained at Tottenham. But the fact that they replaced them more than adequately on the money that they did, proves how successful Tottenham's summer transfer window truly was.
What Spurs now need is for their strong summer to work itself out on the pitch and for their 2012-13 English Premier League season to be as strong as their transfer window was—something that hasn't yet taken place.
But with the new talent they have and the management that's working with those players, you'd have to suggest it won't be long before Tottenham start to get the results that reflect the strength of the team that they have.
They brought in six players for less than £60 million, and covered it with the sale of players who didn't really want to be at the club anyway. They kept Gareth Bale—who was leaving Spurs in everyone's eyes—and had the strongest transfer window of any Premier League team.
Efficient, smart and strong.
For mine, Tottenham were the best, and it wasn't even close.
Did Tottenham have the strongest summer transfer window of them all?
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You can find all transfer details via The Daily Mail.