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Transfer Flashback: Tottenham sign Etienne Capoue

Transfer Flashback: Tottenham sign Etienne Capoue

Tottenham Hotspur have had a rather mixed campaign, haven’t they? The club were competing for the Premier League title at one point, however, a really bad run of form has seen them now appearing to look over their shoulder for a place in the top-four. They do remain within a chance of European glory, however, Manchester City stand in their way of a place in the Champions League semi-final.

Still, things were not always like that at White Hart Lane as Spurs used to struggle in domestic football not too long ago and had a number of areas that they needed to address in the transfer market at times – something Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy obviously have not been too privy to doing recently.

And, on 15 August 2013, they bolstered their defensive midfield area up with the arrival of Etienne Capoue when he joined from Toulouse for a fee believed to be in the region of £9million.

To say fans were pleased with his arrival on Twitter would be something of an understatement, as many took to the social media network to provide their delight to the news that he would be playing for them in the upcoming campaign. Here are just a few of their reactions…

However, as we all know happens far too often, things quite simply did not work out for Capoue during his short stint at White Hart Lane.

The seven-time France international failed to show any real signs of quality under Andre Villas-Boas during the two years he spent in north London before Pochettino decided to offload him to Watford.

He made just 36 appearances for Spurs and found the back of the net on two occasions and many were not too disappointed to see him leave the club.

He became just another one of Franco Baldini’s flops, following the likes of Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Vlad Chiriches as examples of his poor recruitment decisions.

However, he appears to found his feet within English football at Watford and has emerged as one of their star players, which must be leaving fans feeling a little hard done by.


With the future of Victor Wanyama in the air and a replacement for Mousa Dembele surely likely to be a priority for Spurs in the summer, Tottenham could have arguably already had one in the now-30-year-old if he managed to produce what he is showing in Hertfordshire.

Tottenham fans, are you surprised at how well Capoue has turned out at Watford? Do you think he could do a job at Spurs now? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.

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