Tottenham's worst signings of all time

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Spurs have signed their fair share of poor players over the years. Goal takes a look at the worst over the years

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    John Scales

    A centre-back by trade, Scales joined Tottenham for £2.6 million in 1996 but an awful injury record saw him make just 29 Premier League starts for the club in four years, and he joined Ipswich Town in 2000.

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    Kazuyuki Toda

    The red-haired Japanese midfielder joined Spurs on a one-year loan in 2003, but he made just four appearances and failed to make any sort of impact, with many fans believing his signing was designed to boost the club’s popularity in Asia.

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    Mbulelo Mabizela

    Signed from Orlando Pirates in 2003, Mabizela was billed as a strong, technically sound defender but he made just seven appearances for the club before being released from his contract two years later following a string of disciplinary problems. Nevertheless, his superb strike against Leicester City left a lasting legacy in north London.

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    Helder Postiga

    An £8.25m signing from Porto in 2003, Postiga managed just one goal in 19 appearances before he was shipped back to the Portuguese giants in exchange for Pedro Mendes.

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    Grzegorz Rasiak

    Lured from Derby County by Martin Jol and Damien Comolli on transfer deadline day in 2005 with the club in desperate need of attacking reinforcements, Rasiak failed to score in nine appearances for the club and was shipped out on loan to Southampton just a year later, before eventually completing a permanent move. A panic buy if ever there was one.

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    Moussa Sissoko

    Signed from Newcastle for £30m under Mauricio Pochettino, Sissoko has been a transfer misfire in north London. Devoid of a good first touch, or any passing ability, his signing looks more bizarre with every game he plays.
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    Gilberto

    Acquired from Hertha Berlin for nearly £2m in 2008, Gilberto struggled immensely at Spurs and was substituted at half-time in three of his 10 appearances for the club before his contract was mutually terminated in 2009.

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    Sergei Rebrov

    An unmitigated disaster of a signing, Rebrov was acquired for £11m from Dynamo Kiev by George Graham in 2000 but scored just 10 times in 60 Premier League matches and was largely frozen out by Glenn Hoddle following Graham’s departure. Eventually left White Hart Lane in 2005.

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    Zeki Fryers

    A strange signing, Fryers was acquired from Standard Liege for £3m in 2013 after Manchester United had flatly refused to allow him to move to White Hart Lane. The full-back made just three Premier League appearances for Spurs, though, and was eventually sold to Crystal Palace.

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    Ramon Vega

    A £3.75m signing from Cagliari, Vega’s inept performances at White Hart Lane saw his name occasionally booed by his own fans when it was read out over the tannoy system before home matches. Joined Celtic on a free transfer in 2000.

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    Jason Dozzell

    A £1.9m signing from Ipswich in 1993, Dozzell’s awkward playing style saw him quickly become a figure of fun in north London and he was offloaded to Northampton in 1997 with 84 league appearances to his name.

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    Hossam Ghaly

    Though energetic, Ghaly – acquired from Feyenoord in 2006 – committed the ultimate sin when he threw his shirt to the ground in protest after being substituted during a game against Blackburn. He failed to earn a squad number under Juande Ramos and joined Al-Nassr in 2009 following a loan spell with Derby County.

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    Andy Booth

    A remarkably bizarre loan signing from Sheffield Wednesday in 2001, Booth failed to score in any of his four appearances for Spurs and swiftly returned to his parent club.

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    Clinton N'Jie

    Another misfire under Pochettino and Daniel Levy, speed demon Clinton N'Jie was signed from Lyon for around £12m in 2015. He made just 14 appearances, though, and was shipped out on loan to Marseille, with Pochettino unable to tame his wild first-touch and raw pace.
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    Vincent Janssen

    Spurs need to be incredibly grateful to Harry Kane for his goalscoring exploits, with both Janssen and Roberto Soldado calamitous in front of goal. While Soldado was something of a cult hero, Janssen did little to endear himself to the Spurs faithful, as he scored just six goals, justifying none of the club's £17m investment.