Rating How Tottenham Hotspur's Summer Signings Have Done so Far

Guy MartinContributor IINovember 14, 2013

Rating How Tottenham Hotspur's Summer Signings Have Done so Far

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    The jury is still out on all of Tottenham Hotspur's summer signings.

    None have proved their credentials beyond all doubt and made themselves appear indispensable after 11 league matches and six European and cup games.

    At the same time, none have had a disastrous start to their Tottenham career by any means.

    Fans will undoubtedly have stronger views whether the total of around £105 million spent to sign seven players in the last transfer window was invested wisely in a few months' time.

    But some opinions are already being formed as the season moves on, players settle in and their consistency is put to the test in different scenarios, from taking on the country's top teams to struggling to break down defences in games they are expected to win.

    With that in mind, we give our rating on how the newcomers have done so far.

    Due to their injuries making them unavailable for much of the season to date, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue are not included.

Paulinho: 8/10

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    Paulinho came to Tottenham with an impressive CV.

    The powerful midfielder had become a regular on the Brazil team and he had helped his previous club Corinthians to win the World Club Cup in 2012.

    His £17 million fee looked like money well spent as his ball-winning qualities and energy across the pitch helped Spurs to win four of their first five Premier League games, scoring a late winner in the match against Cardiff City.

    There were even rumours of interest from Real Madrid and Chelsea at that early stage of the 25-year-old's Tottenham career.

    But since then, things have not gone entirely his way as he and his fellow midfielders have struggled to find a way through teams set up to stifle them, and they've failed to create many chances for the forwards.

    A low-point was a weak challenge in the build-up to Newcastle United's goal on Sunday, something others have picked up on.

    But it seems unlikely a player with the evident hunger and intensity of Paulinho will be found wanting too often again this season, and he stands a very good chance of succeeding in England.

Roberto Soldado: 7/10

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    Has Roberto Soldado settled in well at Tottenham?

    Can he be blamed for scoring just once in open play so far in the Premier League?

    These are questions currently dividing opinion among fans. Expectations were high of Soldado because of his £26 million price tag and record of more than a goal every other game at his former club, Valencia.

    The Spanish striker has not looked so lethal so far in the Premier League, with three of his four goals having come from penalties, and he faces the additional problem of some fans wanting to see the ever popular Jermain Defoe in the side ahead of him.

    But in Soldado's defense, it has often appeared he has been feeding off scraps with a lack of service from the flanks and the other midfielders, and his coolness from the penalty spot has won three matches for his new club.

    At the moment, most fans favour showing some patience to the 28-year-old. More matches, and better service, may be all he needs to find his goalscoring touch.

Vlad Chiriches: 8/10

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    Having come into the team later than the other new arrivals, Vlad Chiriches has hardly put a foot wrong.

    He has looked so comfortable in his first four league outings that Jan Vertonghen, who prefers to play centre-back, has been played at left full-back in recent weeks.

    And by keeping Younes Kaboul, another established Premier League defender, out of the team, Chiriches is clearly impressing manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Christian Eriksen: 7/10

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    Christian Eriksen dazzled on his debut for Tottenham against Norwich City, providing an assist and a performance which promised much.

    It led to praise from pundits including Alan Hansen, who called him "a steal" after the club signed him for £11.5 million.

    But, by the following month, he had lost his place to the tenacious Lewis Holtby, and the two may find they are competing with each other for one central midfield spot for much of the season. 

    This suggests that the 21-year-old is perhaps not yet the finished product and needs time to fully adapt to the rigours of playing in the Premier League every week.

Erik Lamela: 6/10

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    A £26 million transfer fee, praise from Ossie Ardiles before he had even played for Spurs and his being labelled a potential replacement for Gareth Bale all added to the hype surrounding Erik Lamela.

    But the form of Andros Townsend, time needed to adapt to the physical style of English football and inconsistent performances in Europa League and Capital One Cup games have kept Lamela out of the Premier League side.

    The Argentine winger has certainly not set the world on fire in his first 10 weeks at Tottenham, but he has shown glimpses of the trickery and brilliance which persuaded the club to pay a hefty price for him, and explains why some of the excitement surrounding him may be justified.

    Maybe this will not be the season when Lamela drives Spurs to glory, but at the age of 21, he could still have a great Spurs career ahead of him.