Tottenham Hotspur are like any other football club, in that their squads—past and present—have consisted of youth team products and signings from outside.
Since World War II (what we would term, for the most part, the "modern era") Tottenham have generally been one of the English clubs dealing at the higher end of the transfer market.
It has resulted in the North London outfit acquiring such talented, big-name players as Jimmy Greaves and Paul Gascoigne.
Even in recent years when they have not been in a position to attract the very best, Spurs have still signed players of considerable quality, like Dimitar Berbatov and Luka Modric.
But in this time, who have been the true steals Spurs have made in the transfer market?
These could be players they signed for a comparatively cheap price, who turned out to be extremely good value for money; or those who could have ended up at bigger clubs had Spurs not gotten to them first.
The following is an attempt to rank 10 such steals. A difficult task, considering the contributions a number of great players have made to this club in various years.
You could conceivably put together a list of those just from Tottenham's most successful post-war sides, but that would be a disservice to those who have stood out in leaner times for the club.
This is a point you might disagree on. So, whatever your thoughts, feel free to suggest those individuals you believe should have made this top 10 list or how you think the rankings should work out differently.