Lamela is set to be the last of Spurs' 'Magnificent Seven' to leave

Spurs proudly paraded the ‘Magnificent Seven’ they bought after the £109m sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. Sevilla-bound Erik Lamela will be the last to leave… so what happened to the others?

  • Erik Lamela is nearing a move to Sevilla in a deal involving Bryan Gil plus a fee
  • He is the last of the group known as the ‘magnificent seven’ at Tottenham
  • They were players bought after Gareth Bale’s £85million move to Real Madrid
  • So, how did the seven get on and where have the ended up years later? 

Erik Lamela is nearing a switch to Sevilla in a move that truly feels like the end of an era for Tottenham. 

Not because the Argentine will be painfully missed, but because he is the last of the crop known as the ‘Magnificent Seven’. They were the players brought in after Spurs went on a spending spree with the £85million Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale back in 2013. 

At the time, it felt as though spreading quality throughout the team would improve Tottenham in the long run even without their talisman, who jumped ship for the LaLiga giants. 

But there were far more misses than hits among those seven players recruited by Andre Villas-Boas in a £109m spending spree. 

Here, Sportsmail takes a closer look at who Tottenham signed and where they’ve ended up.  

Tottenham’s seven signings made with the Gareth Bale windfall in the summer of 2013 – (left to right) Paulinho, Christian Eriksen, Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches and Erik Lamela

Bale kisses the Real Madrid badge following his £85.3million move to the Bernabeu in 2013

Roberto Soldado

Striker, £26m from Valencia; Spurs record – 76 matches, 16 goals

Soldado arrived as the man who would fill Bale’s prolific boots. He came with great pedigree from Valencia where he only trailed Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Radamel Falcao in the scoring tally over the previous couple of seasons. 

And what a start he had in a white shirt. He scored four times in his first three games and it looked like Spurs had themselves a gem. 

But the name Soldado is more likely to evoke a shudder from Tottenham fans now. 

The Spaniard’s confidence drained rapidly and he looked like a lost puppy at times, struggling with the speed and physicality of the Premier League. 

Roberto Soldado’s time at Spurs is best forgotten by supporters and the striker himself 

He only managed six goals that season and any notion that it was Villas-Boas he didn’t work well with was soon discarded when Mauricio Pochettino came in. 

Soldado only managed five in 40 games the following season and Harry Kane’s emergence meant they eventually cut ties. 

He was sold to Villarreal for £10m in 2015 before a two-year stint at Fenerbahce and another two years with Granada. 

Soldado is still going strong and signed for Levante on a two-year deal last month. 

Midfielder, £17m from Corinthians; Spurs record – 67 matches, 10 goals

The man labelled ‘The Brazilian Frank Lampard’ was always doomed to underwhelm after a moniker like that to live up to. 

He arrived in form having helped Brazil win the 2013 Confederations Cup and much was expected of him at Spurs. 

He netted three times in his first eight games and seemed to back up Villas-Boas’ claim that he was ‘an all-rounder with an eye for goal’.

Brazil international midfielder Paulinho (right) arrived from Corinthians for a club record £17m

But Paulinho’s form then dwindled and Pochettino did not seem to rate him when he took charge having come in from Southampton. 

The Brazilian made just three Premier League starts in his second campaign. 

In the end, Spurs cut their losses and cashed in to the tune of £9.9m with Guangzhou Evergrande signing him. 

Bizarrely, Barcelona then signed him for £34m, but it actually turned out as a solid piece of business. Paulinho helped the team to a domestic double and emerged as a key player, scoring nine times in 49 games over the season. 

But a year later, it was back to the Chinese Super League with Guangzhou on loan with the option to buy, which the club later exercised. 

He was released by Guangzhou in June this year by mutual consent due to the Covid pandemic.  

Paulinho weaves between Shinji Kagawa and Phil Jones during a match against Man United

Vlad Chiriches

Centre-back, £8.5m from Steaua Bucharest; Spurs record – 41 matches, 2 goals

Chiriches will perhaps be remembered at Spurs for two things. 

The first was his agent’s ill advised claim that: ‘If he has one or two good seasons at Tottenham, Chelsea will be willing to pay a large sum to buy him.’

And the second was footage of the defender falling over outside a nightclub in Bucharest days before a 5-1 thumping by Manchester City. 

Chiriches was sold to Napoli for £4.5m in 2015 but hardly played. He was loaned out to Sassuolo for the 2019-20 season and they made the deal permanent the following year. He remains on the books of the Serie A club. 

Vlad Chiriches defends against Fulham’s Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov back in 2013

Nacer Chadli

Attacking midfielder, £7m from FC Twente; Spurs record – 119 matches, 25 goals 

The above players are rightly regarded as flops but Chadli proved to be a bargain at just £7m. 

The 2014-15 campaign was his best as the Belgian scored 13 times in all competitions and Spurs found themselves in a title race before ending up in third. 

Chadli ended up spending three seasons at the club before moving on to West Brom for double the fee Spurs signed him for. 

Injuries hampered him over two years for the Baggies and he left for Monaco in 2018 where he made 16 appearances before a loan to Anderlecht in his homeland the following year. 

Chadli averaged almost a goal every two games at the club and was signed by Istanbul Basaksehir in 2020.

Nacer Chadli was a success during three seasons at Tottenham before moving to West Brom

Etienne Capoue

Defensive midfielder, £9.3m from Toulouse; Spurs record – 36 matches, 2 goals

Having seen the progress Capoue went on to make at Watford after leaving Tottenham, there will be some fans who must feel the club acted too soon in ditching him. 

The powerful central midfielder suffered an injury-hit time at Spurs and was not fancied by either Tim Sherwood and Pochettino. 

Capoue went on to join the Hornets for £6.3m and spent six years at the club before joining Villarreal in January this year. 

He was man of the match for the Spanish side as they beat Manchester United to the Europa League.  

A rare bright moment in Tottenham colours for Capoue as he scores against Burnley

Christian Eriksen

Attacking midfielder, £11m from Ajax; Spurs record – 305 matches, 69 goals

Undoubtedly the greatest success story of the magnificent seven, Eriksen established himself as one of Europe’s finest attacking midfielders. 

He played more than 300 times for the club, scored 69 goals, delivered 89 assists and all for the sum of £11m. The great Dane proved to be a brilliant addition. 

Eriksen flourished under Pochettino and helped them reach the Champions League final, losing out to Liverpool in Madrid. 

When Spurs were at the peak of their powers under their Argentine boss, Eriksen was pulling the strings and helped them orchestrate a title tilt. 

Christian Eriksen scored 69 goals and contributed 89 assists in his 305 matches for Spurs

But it became clear that he wanted a new challenge and was frustrated by the lack of silverware. 

Eriksen joined Inter Milan for £16.9m but then found himself out of favour under Antonio Conte. He fought tooth and nail to break into the line-up and became a key player towards the end of last season’s Scudetto-winning campaign. 

Then, this summer in his country’s opening Euro 2020 fixture against Finland, Eriksen collapsed on the pitch and had to be given life-saving treatment in scenes that stunned the football world. 

He was rushed to Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, where he was fitted with a cardioverter defibrillator. 

The 29-year-old is resting and recovering at home and it remains to be seen whether he will be able to continue his career.  

The Denmark midfielder posted this picture of himself in his hospital bed shortly after he collapsed last month

Erik Lamela

Winger, £30m from Roma; Spurs record – 206 matches, 33 goals

The addition of Lamela in 2013 broke Spurs’ transfer record for a third time that summer. 

He has frustrated, thrilled and produced just about everything in between in a Spurs shirt. Two outrageous rabona goals, one against Asteras Tripoli in the Europa League and another last season in the north London derby. 

That strike ended up winning him the Goal of the Season award.  

Erik Lamela gave Spurs fans some fond memories, including this rabona against Arsenal

Lamela also managed to get himself sent off in that game in a performance that just about sums up his time at the club. 

There is undoubted ability there and Sevilla will hope to tap into it on a more consistent basis.  

Ultimately, Lamela will be fondly remembered for the moments of joy he provided and his unquestionable work-rate endeared him to fans.  

Lamela’s seven years at Tottenham can be judged a success despite various injury setbacks

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