10 Worst Tottenham Hotspur Signings Ever

Spurs is one of the most followed club in UK. Many great players have played for the club. However, the club has also made quite a few horror signings. These signings were not only bad for the club but also for the players. Let us have a look at some of the worst Tottenham Hotspur signings ever.

Here are the top 10 worst Tottenham Hotspur signings ever.

10. Mbulelo Mabizela

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Mbulelo Mabizela’s one and only goal for Tottenham—a perfectly struck edge-of-the-box effort in a 2-1 win over Leicester City in October 2003—ranks among the finest seen from a Spurs player in the Premier League era.

Sadly, it was to be the South African’s only real moment of joy in England.

Clearly talented, Mabizela’s versatility allowed him to move between midfield and defence. The Leicester performance hinted at a quality performer at the making, yet the stars never quite aligned for him in North London in a way that would allow him to make the most of that potential.

9. Clinton N’jie

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Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy got this one wrong; Clinton N’jie was signed from Lyon back in 2015 for a cool £12million. Pochettino couldn’t find a way of making N’jie fit into the Spurs set up.

He made just 14 appearances, though, and was shipped out on loan to Marseille, with the manager unable to tame his wild first-touch and raw pace. His loan move was made permanent in 2017. He is undoubtedly one of the worst Tottenham Hotspur signings ever.

8. Jonathan Blondel

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Belgium international Blondel made his Premier League debut aged just 18 years and 150 days in a Spurs win over Southampton in August 2002.

Jonathan Blondel had excelled in youth international football and was viewed as something of a transfer coup when Tottenham signed him.

He was regarded as one of Europe’s top prospects at the time, having helped Mouscron to the Belgian Cup final after reportedly turning down the chance to join Manchester United six months before the Tottenham move was finalised.

Regardless, despite clearly being a player with a good pass on him and the vision to make the most of it, in his few brief appearances for Spurs he struggled to contend with the combative necessities that come with life in a Premier League midfield and  went on to become one of the worst Tottenham Hotspur signings ever. Only 37 minutes of action in two years and Blondel was shipped back to Belgium to play for Club Brugge.

7. David Bentley

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It’s hard to reconcile the fact that Tottenham once spent £17m on Bentley – and only managed to get 62 matches out of him in his five-year association with the club. Loan spells at Birmingham, West Ham, Blackburn and most bizarrely, Rostov in Russia failed to reignite Bentley’s career, and he retired from football at the age of 29 in 2013, saying he’d fallen out of love with the modern game.

The winger did score a particularly memorable goal in a north London derby against Arsenal, volleying the ball past Manuel Almunia from 45 yards. That, sadly, was his only real contribution to the Tottenham cause.

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4 thoughts on “10 Worst Tottenham Hotspur Signings Ever

  • December 15, 2018 at 1:39 am

    Bentley was worth every penny for that Arsenal goal!!

  • December 26, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    I can think of at least 5 others that are in front of any of the players in your list. Who thought this up, because they ain’t got a clue.

  • February 8, 2020 at 8:24 am


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