Former Tottenham Hotspur skipper Ledley King has revealed that he expected his old club to be inconsistent this term because they signed seven players with no Premier League experience. Spurs started the season with lofty ambitions after spending around 100million on the new arrivals, following winger Gareth Bale’s 85m move to Real Madrid. Erik Lamela, Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue and Vlad Chiriches were all imported but, with the possible exception of Eriksen, they have failed to impress on a regular basis.
Their struggles have come as no surprise to King, who told Sky Sports News: “The Premier League is the toughest league in the world and I always felt through the season there would be some ups and downs when there are so many new faces. “Going away to games around Christmas and January is a new experience for a lot of these players and you have to learn what it is about. “We have done that pretty well and maintain a respectable league position even though it has been a season of great change, so I think the players will come out of this with good experience and hopefully we keep the players for next season as they will benefit from that. ”Watch Chelsea v Stoke on Saturday and Arsenal v Everton, West Ham v Liverpool on Sunday.