Cristian Romero next? The 11 players Tottenham have signed from Serie A

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After a long managerial search, Nuno Espirito Santo was chosen by Tottenham to succeed Jose Mourinho and the Portuguese boss has already been busy in the transfer window with rumours that a deal for Atalanta defender Cristian Romero is imminent. 

Romero, who was part of Argentina’s victorious Copa America squad this summer, will reportedly cost Spurs £43million and would become Spurs’ 12th signing from Serie A in the Premier League era.

Looking back through those players, it’s fair to say they’ve had varied success. Here’s all 11 of them.

Pierluigi Gollini

Signed from Atalanta this summer, Gollini is expected to be backup goalkeeper to Hugo Lloris.

Still, with all those Europa Conference League matches to play, we should expect to see the 26-year-old on a regular basis.

Erik Lamela

Stamping on Cesc Fabregas’ hand. Calling Jack Wilshere a pussy. The occasional rabona.

We’re gonna miss Lamela and his peerless shithousery.

READ: Nine times Erik Lamela was the Premier League’s ultimate sh*thouse

Iago Falque

Hands up who remembers this guy? Nobody?

Don’t be too hard on yourself – Falque only made one substitute appearance in the Premier League, his five minutes of glory coming at the end of a defeat to Everton in December 2012.

The striker played a few more times in the Europa League but Spurs sent him on loan to Southampton, Almeria and Rayo Vallecano.

Falque fared rather better upon returning to Serie A with Genoa in 2014 and Harry Kane came to prominence around the same time. Everybody ended up happy.

Mido

For all the ridicule Mido received about his body composition, he wasn’t as bad for Tottenham as you might have expected.

After making his name at Ajax, Mido’s big-money move to Roma in 2004 was a disaster and the Italian club sent him on an 18-month loan to White Hart Lane in January 2005.

The former Egypt international scored 11 goals during the 2005-06 season, convincing Martin Jol to make his move a permanent one.

But the only impact he made thereafter was describing Sol Campbell as “one of the easiest defenders I’ve played against” – a comment that went down better with the fans than with Jol. 

Mido left for Middlesbrough in the summer of 2007 and regretted it. Speaking to The Set Pieces he said: “I made a big mistake leaving Spurs for Middlesbrough.

“I wasn’t patient enough to play a match and not playing the next one. I should have been more patient, joining Boro wasn’t the right decision to take at that time.”

Edgar Davids

Davids arrived at Spurs from Inter Milan aged 32 and with his best years firmly behind him, but the midfielder made a significant impact at White Hart Lane that went beyond his trademark glasses.

Adding experienced to a talented, but raw, squad, Davids became something of a talisman during the 2005-06 season and won the affections of supporters with his committed displays.

Spurs finished 5th in each of Davids’ seasons in the Premier League, and he left as something of a cult hero.

Stephane Dalmat

Dalmat experienced a frustrating spell on the sidelines at Internazionale, so a move to Tottenham in 2003 must have felt like the start of a new beginning.

What transpired was something else entirely. His performances were decent enough, but Spurs were left unimpressed by his attitude off the field.

Bobby Zamora took up the story on Jimmy Bullard’s Off the Hook podcast: “We played a game at Spurs. In the first five minutes of the second half, he just walked off the pitch.

“The ball wasn’t out of play or anything and he just starts walking off the pitch. I think I was on the bench and I thought he has pulled his hamstring or something.

“He walks down the tunnel. Doesn’t say anything to anybody. We played the game and then came in and he had shot.

“So we are like ‘Where is he, where is he? I don’t know. Not sure’. He was supposed to come in for the warm down – but he doesn’t come in for two days.

“I find out in the end that he has got a plane to catch and he can’t get to the airport after the game because of the traffic and all that so he has gone off the pitch, walked down the tunnel ‘off I go I’m going to get my plane’.

“He went back to home to France. He was just one of those players that just didn’t care.”

Diego Bortolozzo

He came, he failed to play a single game, he left after one season.

Safe to say the Treviso midfielder wasn’t one of Glenn Hoddle’s finest signings.

Paolo Tramezzani

Tramezzani played for a clutch of Italian clubs – including Inter Milan, Cesena and Piacenza, before arriving in north London in the summer of 1998.

The defender initially looked well suited for the English game but succumbed to an Achilles injury in late-1998. Whilst out injured, Spurs replaced Christian Gross with George Graham and Tramezzani never forced his way back into the team.

He left in 2000 having only made seven appearances for the club.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Spurs were staring at a catastrophic relegation in 1998 before turning to their former talisman.

Klinsmann had become an icon at White Hart Lane after 21 goals in the 1994-95 season, capturing the imagination of fans all over England with his self-deprecating humour and eagerness to explore London.

And Tottenham desperately recruited Klinsmann from Sampdoria to keep them in the Premier League.

The Germany international did just that, scoring nine goals in 15 games before retiring at the end of the 1997-98 season.

READ: A celebration of Jurgen Klinsmann & a signing that changed English football

Nicola Berti

Another player signed during the desperate winter of 1997-98, Berti arrived from Inter Milan with a wealth of experience.

One of the stalwarts of Italy’s midfield during the 1990s, he scored some crucial goals that helped Spurs avoid relegation before moving to Deportivo Alaves on a free transfer.

Ramon Vega

Vega cost Tottenham £3.75million in 1997 but the Cagliari defender rarely lived up to expectations.

Making 64 appearances across four years, the former Switzerland international helped Spurs lift the 1999 League Cup but became symbolic of the club’s underachievement during the era.

After a brief loan spell at Celtic, Vega left on a free transfer in the summer of 2001 and spent the following season at Division One side Watford.


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