With most transfer conjecture regarding Tottenham Hotspur concerning impending arrivals, the subject of who will be departing White Hart Lane this summer seems to have been neglected for the most part. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp will undoubtedly be looking to reduce his squad and wage bill in order to accommodate the stellar signings needed to help the London side compete in the Champions League next season. Following such a successful, choosing which players to axe will be a tough task for Redknapp, but the following five players surely look most likely to receive their White Hart Lane P45 within the next few months…
Signed from Blackburn Rovers two summers ago, it’s safe to say that the £15m winger has been a massive disappointment at White Hart Lane. Once dubbed the heir apparent to David Beckham within the national side, Bentley has failed to make the right-wing berth his own at Tottenham, having spent the majority of the last eighteen months playing second fiddle to the ever-improving Aaron Lennon.
Although injury to Lennon re-opened the first-team door for Bentley in the second half of last season, it remains to be seen whether or not Redknapp sees Bentley as part of his plans for next season. Both Aston Villa and Manchester City have been linked with the former Arsenal man in the last six months, and a move to either Villa Park or Eastlands may be just the thing to kick start the winger’s stalling career.
A divisive figure amongst Spurs fans, former Nottingham Forest man Jermaine Jenas’ White Hart Lane days seem numbered. Having started just nine Premier League games last season, it appears as though Jenas is well behind Tom Huddlestone, Luka Modric and Wilson Palacios in Harry Redknapp’s central-midfield pecking order.
The impending arrival of Brazilian anchorman Sandro suggests that competition for a midfield berth will be even stiffer next season, meaning that Jenas’ first-team chances are likely to be even more limited at White Hart Lane. However, Stoke City are thought to be offering Jenas the prospect of first-team football next season, with the Britannia Stadium outfit rumoured to be preparing a £7m bid for the midfielder.
The Republic of Ireland’s all-time leading goal scorer has seen his stock dramatically fall since moving back to Spurs from Liverpool in early 2009. Having scored just eleven Premier League since his return to north London, Keane swiftly found his first-team opportunities limited by Redknapp’s preferred duo of Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch. The signing of Eidur Gudjohsen and re-emergence of Roman Pavlyuchenko meant that Keane fell further behind in the pecking order, leading to his January loan switch to Scottish side Celtic.
His good form in Scotland (12 goals in 16 league appearances) has seen him linked with a permanent move to the the Bhoys, with new Celtic manager Neil Lennon stating that “I’d love to have Robbie Keane back here.” Whilst Harry Redknapp stated that Robbie Keane would be part of his plans for next season, it remains to be seen whether or not Keane would want to stay at White Hart Lane without the guarantee of first-team football. Former Celtic manager Martin O’Neill is also thought to be interested in taking Robbie Keane to Aston Villa.
Having impressed heavily during his loan spell at Portsmouth, it is unclear whether or not boyhood Spurs fan Jamie O’Hara will remain at the club this summer. After establishing himself within the first-team at Portsmouth, it is highly unlikely that O’Hara will want to remain at White Hart Lane in a back-up capacity.
Just 29 appearances over the course of three seasons highlights O’Hara’s ‘utility man’ status at White Hart Lane, and at 23, the versatile midfielder will be looking to ensure less sporadic outings next term. With fierce competition for midfield places at Spurs, O’Hara could be set to leave this summer, with Newcastle United and West Ham United thought to be interested in Mr. Danielle Lloyd.
Despite re-emerging from doldrums during the second half of last season, it appears that Russian forward Roman Pavlyuchenko may be one of the men set to make way for a new striker at White Hart Lane. With the club linked to the likes of Edin Dzeko and Diego Forlan, the former Spartak Moscow man may feel that the time is right to move on.
The player, who allegedly came close to moving to Birmingham City in the January transfer window, has been linked with moves to both Stoke City and Lokomotiv Moscow over the last few weeks. With a healthy return of 24 goals from 57 outings for the north London club, Pavlyuchenko could be a good signing for anyone looking to bolster their attacking options this summer.
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