It looks set to be an interesting summer at White Hart Lane, with Tottenham welcoming a new manager in Mauricio Pochettino.
Indeed, the former Southampton manager has a number of crucial decisions to make – last season’s regular capitulations against the Premier League’s top sides proved that the Lilywhites currently lack the quality to stage a successful Champions League bid.
And although the Argentine will be keen to add his own players to the mix at White Hart Lane, rumours have circulated that he will have to sell before buying.
With that in mind, here’s a list of SIX Tottenham players we at Football Fancast believe deserve the proverbial transfer axe this summer.
Occasionally capable of pulling off the sublime:
Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson is a useful player to have around. He’s netted 13 times for the Lilywhites since joining them in summer 2012, including a decent return of eight goals in 58 Premier League outings.
That includes this wonder-strike against Hull City earlier this year, which won the Goal of the Year at White Hart Lane:
But too weak to play as a central midfielder and too slow to be considered a long-term solution out wide, the 24 year-old is fundamentally flawed.
The Tottenham management appear to agree, and have resultantly struck a deal offloading Sigurdsson to Crystal Palace:
— Daily Star Palace (@DS_CrystalP) July 14, 2014
Another Lilywhite that already appears to be on his way out of North London is ever-loyal centre-back Michael Dawson.
You can’t question the 30 year-old’s commitment, and after nearly a decade at Tottenham, amassing 322 competitive appearances, he’s very much become part of the White Hart Lane fabric. Who remembers this sensational strike from back in 2009?
But recently, the four-cap England international’s brand of absent-minded defending has become far more prevalent:
After somehow surviving the transfer axe for the last two summers and looking disturbingly out of his depth towards the end of last season, Dawson’s Tottenham tenure has surely run its course.
Hull City have emerged as keen suitors with the view to a £5million deal. But with the 6 foot 3 centre-back demanding added compensation for Spurs’ refusal to grant him a testimonial, Steve Bruce claims the transfer far from complete:
Steve Bruce admits £4million Michael Dawson swoop hangs in the balance over Spurs pay-off: The 30-year-old wants… http://t.co/1rH2xbq6ps
— Football-News (@Bot_Football) July 15, 2014
After netting England’s Goal of the Qualifying Campaign (yes, that’s a real award) against Montenegro in October, many expected great things from Tottenham winger Andros Townsend:
But far from becoming the Three Lions’ answer to Arjen Robben, as once predicted by Harry Redknapp, the 23 year-old is looking more and more like the next Adam Johnson by the game.
As you can see, his dribbles-per-game and shots-per game averages are amongst the best returns of the White Hart Lane roster:
But having netted just once all season despite taking 56 attempts at goal, with this cross-shot somehow finding its way past Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan:
…Townsend’s conversion rate for the campaign stands at an almighty 1.7%.
The England international is fast-becoming a one-trick pony, with that one trick being cutting inside to shoot, which he’s not even that good at!
Spurs should sell before the youngster’s market value begins to depreciate. A return to QPR, where Townsend impressed on loan at the end of the 2012/13 campaign, has been mooted:
— Express Football (@ExpressFootball) May 29, 2014
Had Spurs not continually failed in their pursuit for a resident No.3 and a back-up No.2, I’m certain that 25 year-old Kyle Naughton would have been ousted from White Hart Lane several seasons ago.
As you can see, the dual-sided full-back once again endured an inadequate campaign with the Lilywhites, failing to replicate the form that earned such widespread plaudits during his 2011 loan spell with Norwich City.
Here he is getting absolutely destroyed in the Europa League by Dnipro talisman Yevhen Konoplyanka:
The Lilywhites faithful have made their feelings perfectly clear and Naughton himself alluded to a move away earlier in the season:
Tottenham star won’t rule out leaving White Hart Lane: Kyle Naughton has admitted he is considering his future… http://t.co/hFAupK3m1n
— Barclays League (@BarclaysLeague) February 27, 2014
Recent viable suitors remain few and far between, but Aston Villa, managed by Paul Lambert who worked with the defender during his Carrow Road spell, were linked in January.
This suggestion may seem controversial to some, considering Paulinho only joined the Lilywhites ranks last summer in a then-club record £17million deal.
But the Brazil international endured a torrid World Cup campaign, as detailed below:
And although his first season at White Hart Lane contained moments of brilliance…
the 25 year-old has hardly set the top flight alight as initially expected, and often feels a poor fit for the Premier League.
Bearing that in mind and Juventus reportedly willing to pay £20million for Paulinho’s services:
Juve line up Paulinho bid. Should move happen it’s expected to pave way for Vidal to go to United http://t.co/7FfxKUOcIb
— Man Utd News (@RooVanMataZaj) July 12, 2014
The timing feels right for Tottenham to cash-in.
Roberto Soldado is clearly a talented striker. You don’t score 81 goals in 141 appearances at Valencia without boasting considerable pedigree.
But the Spain international struggled to adapt in his first Premier League season, scoring only twice in open play, and measuring in and 5 foot 10 whilst not offering any considerable power or pace, you have to wonder if he ever will.
The old adage of allowing a year to settle comes to mind. If the Spaniard could unleash this kind of form on the English top flight he’d be talismanic for Spurs:
But Tottenham don’t have that sort of time. Soldado is already 29 years of age and resultantly his resale value – in comparison to the £26million fee that brought him to north London – is continually shrinking.
The Express believe Spurs will accept an £11million loss on the striker this summer, whilst the Daily Mail speculate he may be used in a swap deal to bring Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno to White Hart Lane:
Tottenham to offer 14m for Sevillas Alberto Moreno with Roberto Soldado on loan (Daily Mail) http://t.co/HBgGDjeToL
— Liverpool Live News (@lfclivenews) June 14, 2014