Jose Mourinho’s nine first-team signings at Spurs – & how they’ve fared

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Jose Mourinho‘s 17-month stint in charge of Tottenham has come to an end. He was unable to deliver a trophy, having been sacked six days before the League Cup final, but what kind of legacy will he leave?

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy sanctioned over £100million on player sales during Mourinho’s time in charge, but was it money well spent? We’ve taken a look at how the nine first-team additions have fared.

We have included loanees, but we haven’t included players intended to bolster the youth ranks, so Alfie Devine, Keenan Ferguson, Marcel Lavinier and Tobi Omole all miss out.

 

Gedson Fernandes

Mourinho’s Portuguese compatriot was one of two mid-season additions, a couple of months after the coach was appointed as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor.

Gedson arrived on an 18-month loan from Benfica and went on to make seven Premier League appearances, totalling just 63 minutes, during the latter half of the 2019-20 campaign.

Opportunities were even more scarce in 2020-21, making just one League Cup appearance before seeing his loan cut short in January.

Steven Bergwijn

Bergwijn’s career at Tottenham so far arguably peaked just over an hour into his debut, when he scored the first goal in a 2-0 victory over Manchester City just a few days after he sealed his move from PSV.

He’s since scored two more goals in a further 45 appearances under Mourinho, who often turned to the Dutch winger ahead of Gareth Bale to complete his attacking trident alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

But Bergwijn fell out of favour towards the end of Mourinho’s reign. According to The Athletic, Spurs have received enquiries for the player, although Daniel Levy is not interested in sanctioning an exit.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Denmark international Hojbjerg was said to be a top target of Mourinho’s during his only summer in charge, and sure enough, he was the first player through the door, having signed for a reported £15million fee from Southampton.

The defensive midfielder, who developed his skills as a youngster under Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, had a debut to forget in a 1-0 home defeat to Everton.

But since then he’s become one of Spurs’ standout performers. During the brief period in which the club were challenging at the top of the table, he looked integral to the style of football Mourinho was trying to instil.

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Joe Hart

Instagram mishaps aside, Hart was a canny addition on a free transfer, offering plenty of experience in the dressing room while happy to play deputy to Hugo Lloris.

The former England international has tended to do whatever’s been required of him, keeping a clean sheet in half of his 10 appearances in the cup competitions in 2020-21. But a 3-3 draw away to LASK was a reminder of how far he’s fallen since his Man City pomp.

Matt Doherty

Having gone all the way from League One to the Europa League over the course of 10 years and over 300 appearances at Wolves, there was an argument 28-year-old Doherty had earned a big move and deserved his chance.

But as the season has gone on, the Republic of Ireland international has struggled to usurp Serge Aurier, as was expected when his signing was announced.

There’s a sense that he was just perfectly suited to the wing-back role in Nuno Espirito Santo’s set-up, and it’s looked a struggle for him to adapt back to playing as a traditional right-back.

Sergio Reguilon

A product of Real Madrid’s La Fabrica academy, Reguilon established himself as one of the most in-demand left-backs in Europe in 2019-20, having shone during Sevilla’s Europa League win.

Sevilla didn’t have the resources to turn his loan into a permanent deal, but Tottenham did, winning the race for his signature in the summer of 2020.

It hasn’t been all plain-sailing – let’s not forget Mourinho’s disappointing stepdad routine after he broke Covid regulations – but by and large he’s looked a top-quality signing and a sound investment. Mourinho’s successor will inherit one of the Premier League’s best left-backs, and a player who could become a popular backing with the online bookies for assists next season.

Carlos Vinicius

With 10 goals in 22 appearances, the vast majority of which have come in the cup competitions, Spurs couldn’t reasonably have asked much more from their Kane back-up, signed for a reported €3million loan fee from Benfica.

Extra points for scoring against non-league Marine and taking it incredibly seriously.

Gareth Bale

There’s been more than the odd flash of the player that became Tottenham’s all-time most expensive export when he signed for Real Madrid for a world record fee back in 2013.

Having returned a four-time Champions League winner, fans might have reasonably expected a little more consistency. With fitness issues and a decline in the dynamism that saw him tear up the Premier League when he was last here, it’s become increasingly evident why Real were keen to allow Bale to leave on loan.

The Wales international’s form did improve when given an extended run in the side around the turn of the year, only for him once again to fall out of favour under Mourinho.

Joe Rodon

A late addition after the deadline passed to sign players from the Premier League or further afield, Wales international Rodon was signed from Championship club Swansea in October 2020.

He had to be patient for opportunities, but gradually started to get more game-time as Mourinho unsuccessfully tinkered to find an effective, reliable backline.

There’s plenty of promise, and you’d imagine part of the next manager’s remit will be to turn Rodon into a dependable regular starter.


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