Lo Celso next? The last seven players Tottenham have signed from La Liga

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Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Giovani Lo Celso all summer and the deal is set to go through on deadline day.

Spurs are no stranger to leaving things late in the transfer window, while they’re also well versed with bringing in players from La Liga. The Real Betis playmaker will be the eighth player the club have signed from the Spanish top flight since 2008.

Looking back through those players, it’s fair to say they’ve had varied success. Some failed to make any impact at all, others failed to live up to the hype, while a couple went on to achieve cult hero status. Here’s the last seven.

Pau Lopez

The former Espanyol goalkeeper is best known for his performances against city rivals Barcelona, as well as some of the most blatant sh*thousing from a goalkeeper since Jens Lehmann.

He joined Spurs on a season-long loan in the 2016-17 season but failed to make a single appearance, not even in the League Cup, as he sat behind Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm.

Toby Alderweireld

The Belgian’s transfer from Atletico Madrid back in the summer of 2015 remains a contentious one for Southampton, who had an option to sign the centre-back permanently after an impressive loan spell at St Mary’s.

Despite the threat of legal action from Saints, Atletico cancelled the option and took Spurs’ higher offer, and he’s become an important servant for the north Londoners, alongside his compatriot Jan Verthonghen at the back. More than 100 appearances later, his spell in a Tottenham shirt has coincided with the club’s best years of the Premier League era.

Federico Fazio

The Argentine centre-half had quite the reputation as a reliable performer when he made the switch from Sevilla to Tottenham, but one season, 20 appearances and more than a few comedy errors later he was shipped on. It’s probably best for all concerned to forget about that period of his career.

Transfer genius Monchi, who had originally scouted Fazio as a teenager back in Argentina, sanctioned a deal to turn his loan at Roma into a permanent deal. His stock has gone back up in the Italian capital; he was particularly impressive during the club’s run to the Champions League semis in 2018.

Roberto Soldado

You couldn’t help feel sorry for Soldado at Spurs, where it felt like he couldn’t catch a break.

He was prolific at Valencia, scoring 81 goals in 141 appearances, yet he was anything but after his much-hyped move to Spurs in 2013. The Spaniard made 76 appearances in all competitions, netting just 16 goals.

Rafael van der Vaart

We f*cking loved Rafael van der Vaart at Spurs.

READ: Remembering Rafael van der Vaart’s glorious two years at Tottenham

Giovani Dos Santos

Spurs fans will no doubt be hoping that the latest Giovani they’ve bought from La Liga fares better than the last one, who joined from Barcelona as a hot prospect. The Mexican forward spent four years at Tottenham between 2008, although that included being shipped out on loan to Ipswich, Galatasaray and Racing Santander.

If nothing else, not many players have that combination of clubs on their CV.

Cesar Sanchez

The back-up goalkeeper joined his compatriot Juande Ramos in 2008, arriving from Real Zaragoza.

His one and only appearance was as a late substitute for the injured Heurelho Gomes a 4-2 win over Liverpool in a League Cup quarter-final.


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