Tottenham Hotspur were busy in the January transfer window, securing the permanent signings of Giovani Lo Celso and Steven Bergwijn, while Gedson Fernandes arrived on loan.
Of course, Christian Eriksen also joined Inter Milan on a permanent basis and Danny Rose move to Newcastle United on loan until the end of the season.
But the winter window should merely represent the beginning of a significant restructure within the squad.
There are more players who should be shipped off on a permanent basis in the summer in order to free up space on Daniel Levy’s wage bill.
Here are three players who FFC believe ought to be in the firing line…
Having played just 1254 minutes in the 2019/20 season for Spurs – just 12 of which came in the Premier League – it’s safe to say that Rose hasn’t really been the most prominent figure in the squad.
Of course, with the injury to Ben Davies, Mourinho has handed minutes to Japhet Tanganga and Ryan Sessegnon at left-back, with Rose becoming a peripheral figure under the Portuguese manager’s tenure – the England international has started one league game since Mauricio Pochettino’s dismissal.
Considering his relatively disrespectful comments about leaving the club upon the expiry of his contract and his annual salary of £3.12m, he is one player the Special One should try to offload come the summer transfer window.
Granted, he was loaned out to Newcastle, which is certainly a start, but it would be wise for Spurs to remove him from the squad permanently.
Victor Wanyama’s case is even more dire than Rose’s and, clearly, it would take quite a turnaround for the 28-year-old to re-establish himself in Mourinho’s squad.
The 28-year-old defensive midfielder has been frozen out in the 2019/20 campaign and has only featured twice in the Premier League.
Across all competitions, the picture is still quite bleak – Wanyama has only played 122 minutes this season and the situation is quite unlikely to change with the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Eric Dier, Giovani Lo Celso and the injured Moussa Sissoko all way ahead of him in the pecking order.
His annual salary stands at £3.38m and while that is not an absurd figure, it’s still way too much for a player of his standing.
Offloading him in the summer should be a priority.
Aurier’s situation is rather different from that of his aforementioned teammates.
While he is featuring regularly – with 2169 minutes played so far in 2019/20 – it still seems he’s being picked by virtue of a lack of quality alternatives rather than on merit.
The other natural right-back, Kyle Walker-Peters, was sent out on loan to Southampton, though Tanganga has also been trusted at full-back as well.
And not to mention that the 27-year-old defender has been heavily criticised in the past – both by pundits and fans alike – and with that in mind there’s certainly a case to be made for his departure.
Not only would the Lilywhites be offloading an incredibly erratic defender – as his foul on Sergio Aguero last weekend illuminated – they’d also be freeing up £3.64m a year from the current wage bill.
Of course, Spurs would then have to secure a replacement of some sort but if they can get all three off the bill, it would save them a healthy total of £10.14m a year.