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Gareth Bale Gets A 7/10 | Rating All Of Tottenham Hotspur’s New Signings This Summer

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Following a dramatic deadline day, the summer transfer window in the Premier League has finally slammed to a shut. Tottenham Hotspur were one of the busiest English teams in the market this summer, completing the capture of six players.

Here, at The 4th Official, we will rate every one of Tottenham Hotspur‘s new signings this summer and whether or not they can help them fight for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.

Ratings Tottenham’s New Signings This Summer

Sergio Reguilon: 8/10

Brought in from Real Madrid for a fee of €30 million, Sergio Reguilon was La Liga’s best left-back last season, and the Spaniard is already starting to showcase his quality early on, notably starring in Tottenham’s win over Chelsea and Manchester United.

One of Reguilon’s key aspects is that he can move forward and provide offensive support, something Ben Davies has failed to do in recent years. The ex-Real Madrid star can even operate as a left-sided winger, allowing Jose Mourinho to deploy both him and Davies in the same lineup.

Overall, the addition of Reguilon will enhance Tottenham’s build-up from the back. His technical prowess could also make them much deadlier on the counter, and for a fee of just €30 million, he could be a bargain for the Lilywhites.

Matt Doherty: 7/10

The acquisition of Matt Doherty seemed like more of a panic buy for Tottenham rather than a well-calculated risk. The Irishman was, no doubt, a success at Wolves, but it could be difficult for him to settle into Mourinho’s back-four as he is more familiar with Nuno Espirito Santo’s trademark 3-4-1-2 setup.

That said, Mourinho does deserve credit for giving Doherty the license to move forward in these early stages of the campaign. He has done well, too, providing offensive support, although he and Reguilon starting in the same team will not make sense given their tendency to move forward and attack the opposing defences.

Perhaps a fair takeaway from Doherty’s signing is that Tottenham may have done a better job. But he is a quality star nonetheless, and it won’t be surprising to see him succeed in north London.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 8/10

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was arguably the most important signing for Tottenham Hotspur this summer as they lacked the services of a reliable midfield option. The Dane, in that regard, can provide that all-round quality.

Ratings Tottenham's New Signings This Summer - 8/10 for Hojbjerg.
Denmark’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg takes part in a training session at Parken Stadium, on the eve of the UEFA Nations League football match between Denmark and Belgium, in Copenhagen, Denmark, on September 4, 2020. (Photo by LISELOTTE SABROE/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

Indeed, Hojbjerg is a hard-working midfielder, who is primarily known for his ability to read that game. It was highlighted in his performance against Manchester United. Additionally, the ex-Southampton star is a solid outlet in the second line of press and is also a decent passer of the ball, potentially making him an upgrade over both Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks.

Hojbjerg’s €16 million move from Southampton, therefore, could turn out to be a bargain for Mourinho this season.

Carlos Vinicius 8/10

The addition of Carlos Vinicius during the closing stages of the transfer market served as a sigh of relief not only for Mourinho but also for Tottenham fans, who have been pleading for a back-up for Harry Kane for years now.

Vinicius, who was brought in from SL Benfica on a season-long loan deal, can provide just that. He has already had some stellar success in Liga NOS, notably scoring 18 goals and providing eight assists last season.

The Brazilian will surely find it difficult to replicate those performances in the Premier League. But, he can provide that much-needed productivity for Spurs, in the potential absence of Kane or Son Heung-Min.

Joe Hart 6/10

Joe Hart may not have been the need of the hour for Tottenham this season, but his acquisition from Burnley has provided some strength in the goalkeeping department.

Paulo Gazzaniga, for one, had sometimes found it difficult in the past to properly cover for the first-choice ‘keeper Hugo Lloris. Hart, in that regard, is a more capable competitor, given his pedigree and experience at the highest level of football.

Gareth Bale 7/10

By far one of the most exciting transfers in the market this summer, Gareth Bale’s return to Tottenham on a loan deal raised a lot of eyebrows and fans are still enticed to see him don the Spurs kit, perhaps after the end of the international break.

At Tottenham, Bale is likely to slot into Jose Mourinho’s front three, alongside Son and Kane, with the former likely to be shifted on the right-hand channel. The Welshman has struggled with injuries, but there is no doubt that he does have the quality to add further class into the club’s offensive unit and potentially make Spurs one of the most feared teams in England.

Bale’s awful fitness record, however, will remain a massive cause for concern for Tottenham through the course of the campaign.

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