Signing a new player is always something of a lottery, but when that player comes from abroad, then the club instantly raises the stakes. At Tottenham, for every Ardiles, Klinsmann and Modric, there’s been an overseas signing who’s been hopeless. Here’s a list of the five worst that I’ve seen. There may be a couple of players lurking in the current Spurs squad who may one day join this list.
5. Milenko Acimovic
The Slovenian international caught Glenn Hoddle’s eye after some useful performances for Red Star Belgrade. A midfielder who had a reputation for scoring goals (34 in 102 games for Red Star) he scored precisely zero for Spurs, although I seem to remember he hit the post once.
4. Paolo Tramezzani
Christian Gross brought in the left-back Tramezzani from Piacenza in 1998. He had been with his Italian club for 9 years. 6 games for Spurs later, he was back in Italy.
3. Kazuyuki Toda
When Toda arrived at Spurs in 2003 it was suggested that this was a tactical signing to boost commercial sales in the Far East. It certainly wasn’t tactical in any other sense. He is best known for having red hair and for someone making a joke about playing Toda in the hole.
2. Mbulelo Mabizela
The young South African’s lasting legacy to Spurs was a thunderous goal against Leicester that sent us on our way to an improbable 2-1 win. That was it really. He now plays for Platinum Stars, after a period spent dabbling with some banned substances.
1. Grzegorz Rasiak
Unlike Vanessa Williams I’ve saved the worst till last. I look back on Martin Jol’s reign with great fondness, but with Rasiak I seriously doubted his sanity. Signed on transfer deadline day as some form of appeasement, he kept Jermain Defoe out of the side for a while.
Jol called him, “a tall target man, a hard-working, honest player with a good goal scoring record.” After 8 games and no goals he made his way back down the lower leagues and is currently failing to find the net at Limassol.
I nearly put Postiga and Blondel in there. Personally I thought Rebrov wasn’t that bad – call me mad but I just thought Glenn ruined his confidence.
So do you agree with me?