Tottenham Hotspur: the winners and losers from the transfer window

Chairman Daniel Levy looks on during a  Premier League (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)Chairman Daniel Levy looks on during a  Premier League (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Chairman Daniel Levy looks on during a Premier League (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Young right back Japhet Tanganga is in Nuno’s good books, while midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has to start all over again.

Tottenham Hotspur are top of the Premier League table after three games, beating champions Manchester City, Nuno Espirito Santo’s former side Wolves and Watford.

They have brought in highly-rated Argentine defender Cristian Romero, swift Spanish winger Bryan Gil and Barcelona’s Emerson Royal.

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Goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini has also replaced Joe Hart, who is now at Celtic.

Spurs have also managed to hold on to Harry Kane, strongly linked to Manchester City, while shipping out Moussa Sissoko, Erik Lamela and Toby Alderweireld among others.

The club also mutually terminated French defender Serge Aurier’s contract while Tanguy Ndombele will have to fight his way back into the team after failing to secure a desired move away.

Following the closure of the transfer window, we take a look at some of the winners and losers at Spurs.

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Winners

Japhet Tanganga

Japhet Tanganga of Tottenham Hotspur  (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)Japhet Tanganga of Tottenham Hotspur  (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Japhet Tanganga of Tottenham Hotspur (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) | Getty Images

The 22-year-old academy product has started all three league games at right back.

Blessed with endless energy, Tanganga looks to have held down the right back position under Nuno, and will be hoping to finally deliver on all the promise and skill has shown throughout his time at the club.

He also has the ability to play as a centre-back, having played there during his developmental days and for England U-21.

The arrival of Emerson Royal from Barcelona is likely to reduce his game time but his versatility as a player should still get him enough games.

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Oliver Skipp

 Oliver Skipp of Tottenham Hotspur (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images) Oliver Skipp of Tottenham Hotspur (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)
Oliver Skipp of Tottenham Hotspur (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Another academy product who has been preferred to a big money signing, Oliver Skipp has jumped ahead of Tanguy Ndombele so far - starting all three Premier League games.

His time out at Norwich last season has moulded him into a brilliant central midfielder, who is not afraid to put the work in when the going gets tough.

With Sissoko and Lamela leaving the club, Skipp will hope to finally be able to show what he can do on a more consistent basis.

Dane Scarlett

Dane Scarlett of Tottenham Hotspur  (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)Dane Scarlett of Tottenham Hotspur  (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)
Dane Scarlett of Tottenham Hotspur (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images) | Getty Images

The 17-year-old has already made history by becoming the youngest player to have played for Spurs in the Premier League.

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Spurs were in the market for a back-up striker after Carlos Vinicius, who played that role last season, left for Benfica.

Nuno tried to bring in another experienced forward, but could not get the deal across the line meaning the manager will have to look within for solutions.

The youngster has been in and around the squad already and even started the Europa Conference League first leg against Pacos de Ferreira.

With the club unable to secure a back up striker, Scarlett will hope to get games especially in the cup competitions.

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Eric Dier

 Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur  (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images) Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur  (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)
Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Dier looks like a man reborn under Nuno. He’s defending well, organising and leading from the front.

Cristian Romero may have arrived from Atalanta looking to be the main man, but it’s Eric Dier who has been the club’s best defender in the first few games of the season.

There are talks behind the scenes that he could be offered a new contract as reward for his strong start to the season.

Nuno Espirito Santo

Nuno Espirito Santo, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)Nuno Espirito Santo, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Nuno Espirito Santo, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) | Getty Images

What a start to life the Portuguese manager is having at Tottenham, three league wins, three goals, none conceded and top of the league.

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He might not have been first choice but he’s come in and got the team winning football matches.

He has bought himself time and trust with the impressive start to life in North London.

Tottenham are also into the group stage of the maiden EuropaConference League which will give the club another chance to win a trophy.

The former Wolves man has worked closely with the football director Fabio Paratici, bringing in some young players while replacing established names to refresh the team.

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Tougher days will come, but he’s been quite impressive with the way he’s handled his start to life as a Tottenham Hotspur manager.

Losers

Moussa Sissoko

Moussa Sissoko of Watford during the Premier League (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)Moussa Sissoko of Watford during the Premier League (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Moussa Sissoko of Watford during the Premier League (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) | Getty Images

After five years at Tottenham, with more than 180 appearances, the French international has moved on to join the Hornets.

He was a key part of the Tottenham team that reached the Champions League final, and even though his involvement has waned in the last two years, Sissoko’s time at Tottenham will be viewed as a success.

It was the right time to move though, with the club looking to bring in fresh blood and start a new project.

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Erik Lamela

Erik Lamela of Sevilla celebrates  after scoring (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)Erik Lamela of Sevilla celebrates  after scoring (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)
Erik Lamela of Sevilla celebrates after scoring (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Lamela was used as a sweetener in the deal for 20-year-old winger Bryan Gil, on a five-year contract from Sevilla.

That brought an end to Lamela’s eight-year stay in North London, becoming the last to depart from the group of seven players that were signed to replace Gareth Bale.

He joined from Roma, and even though injuries robbed him of some game time he managed to establish himself as one of the more  influential players in the Tottenham Hotspurs team, scoring some memorable goals along the way.

The Argentine played a lot under Jose Mourinho last season, but fell out of favour with the new man, Nuno Espirito Santo.

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Toby Alderweireld

Toby Alderweired formerly of Tottenham Hotspurs (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)Toby Alderweired formerly of Tottenham Hotspurs (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Toby Alderweired formerly of Tottenham Hotspurs (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Former Spurs centre-back Toby Alderweireld now plays for Al Duhail in Qatar.

He stayed six years in North London, and played more than 170 league games for Tottenham, but this summer he was moved on for Cristian Romero.

Toby’s departure brings an end to a very special period in the club’s history, where he played centre half with fellow Belgium international Jan Vertonghen, helping cement their place as a top four club.

He was still the club’s best defender last season, and the move came as a surprise to many Tottenham fans.

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Tanguy Ndombele

 Tanguy Ndombele of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after  (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images) Tanguy Ndombele of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after  (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Tanguy Ndombele of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images) | Getty Images

The £60million man looks to have fallen behind the likes of Oliver Skipp and Harry Winks.

According to France, he was tossed around by his agents to clubs like Bayern Munich and Real Madrid but none were willing to cover his wages.

His ability has never been in question, but there have been reports of a lack of application leading to his omission from the team.

On his day he’s unplayable, but those days have become few and far, and he will need to find motivation to get his Tottenham career back on track.

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Joe Hart

Joe Hart at  Tottenham Hotspur . (Photo by Neil Hall - Pool/Getty Images)Joe Hart at  Tottenham Hotspur . (Photo by Neil Hall - Pool/Getty Images)
Joe Hart at Tottenham Hotspur . (Photo by Neil Hall - Pool/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Joe Hart joined Tottenham last season, as Jose Mourinho sought to bring experience and quality to compete with Hugo Lloris.

The 34-year-old only managed a couple of Europa League games, didn’t get a game in the league, and has since joined Celtic.

Hart was hoping to resurrect his career in North London having struggled to find form, but his place has since been taken up by Pierluigi Gollini.

Harry Kane

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur reacts after missing a chance  (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur reacts after missing a chance  (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur reacts after missing a chance (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) | Getty Images

The three time Premier League Golden Boot winner could not force through a move to Manchester City, despite Pep Guardiola admitting that he was a transfer target.

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The England captain has since committed his immediate future to the club, even though talks of extending his current contract have failed at the first hurdle.

Kane is desperate to win trophies to add to a glittering career that has seen him jump to second on the club’s all time top scorers list with 223 goals, behind Jimmy Greaves, who scored 266 times for the club between 1961 and 1970.

A move to Manchester City would have instantly guaranteed trophies, but as it stands the 28-year-old will now have to help Spurs end their wait for one since 2008.

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