While there might not have been a trophy at the end of the season for Tottenham, the improvements shown on the European stage were enough to deem the Lilywhites’ campaign a success.
Having established themselves as top four regulars over the past couple of years, which continued with a third placed finish this season, Mauricio Pochettino’s aim would have been to impose themselves on the continent, and they did that with aplomb.
An unbeaten group stage, including a win and a draw over eventual Champions League winners Real Madrid, caught the attention of many across the footballing world, and their defeat to Juventus was a bitter disappointment – a huge step up from their performances of years gone by.
So just how much of their improvement came from their new arrivals over both the summer and winter transfer markets, with Daniel Levy giving Pochettino the cash to bring in six new signings?
Here, Football Insider rates each of Spurs’ 2017/18 signings:
Davinson Sanchez – The Lilywhites’ big money signing, Spurs splashed the cash to bring the Colombian defender in from Ajax. Lived up to his price tag, showing brilliant strength and pace as well as a confident reading of the game – HIT
Serge Aurier – Brought in from Paris St Germain, the right back was meant to be the man to replace Kyle Walker. However the Ivory Coast international lacked the consistency at the back, even if he posed a threat in attack – HIT (just)
Fernando Llorente – The man chosen to replace Vincent Janssen as backup to Harry Kane, the Spaniard did not offer anywhere near what was expected from a Spurs star. Thankfully the England man was in imperious form – MISS
Juan Foyth – The Argentine defender has not been seen as often as fans might have wanted but he is one for the future and looks a good prospect – HIT
Paulo Gazzaniga – The goalkeeper was brought in as third choice and managed to feature just once in the Premier League when Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm were both missing. Performed well, and with Vorm on his way out could see more action next season – HIT
Lucas Moura – The only new arrival over the January window, the Brazilian winger did not play as much as might have been expected as a result of his lack of fitness. Fans would have wanted more from the speed machine – MISS
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club must reignite a £15million swoop for a man unhappy at their London rivals.