Tottenham: Five players that must be sold
Andre Villas-Boas must sell a number of his players this summer to move Tottenham forward
Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham side came painfully close to achieving their target of qualifying for the Champions League, and despite the initial disappointment, last seasons campaign showed that Spurs are not far away from being where they want to be.
A few quality additions could send them to the next level - Champions League regulars. Having already paid what is believed to be a club record £17 million for Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho, Spurs' chairman Daniel Levy has shown that this summer, he means business.
But in order to keep bringing in players of Paulinho’s pedigree, Tottenham must get rid of the players that are not up to the standard that the club is trying to set.
Here are the five players that must be sold if Spurs are to push on in the upcoming season.
1. Heurelho Gomes
A forgotten man at White Hart Lane, but the Brazilian international is still on the books at Tottenham. Having spent the majority of the second half of last season on loan at Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, Gomes himself will be desperate to finally leave the club, having not made an appearance since November 2011.
PSV are thought to be interested in bringing the goalkeeper back to the Eredivisie and should a bid come in, Spurs should cut their losses and get Gomes of the wage bill for good.
2. Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Since joining in 2006, Benoit Assou-Ekotto has racked up over 200 appearances for Tottenham, forming a formidable partnership with Gareth Bale down the left-flank that saw Spurs get to the Champions League quarter finals in the 2010-11 campaign.
However the eccentric left back can leave fans with their hearts in their mouths with antics such as attempting step-overs in his own penalty area.
Assou-Ekotto has been a decent player for Spurs, but in order for the club to push on, a more reliable alternative is needed, whether it be a new signing, or youngster Danny Rose, is for Levy and Villas-Boas to decide.
3. Scott Parker
In the England international’s first season at Spurs, Parker earned rave reviews for his all action midfield performances alongside Luka Modri.
But after returning from Euro 2012 needing an Achilles operation, Parker didn’t feature again for Tottenham until late December, looking a shadow of his former self, and considering he turns 33 in October, Spurs should cash in on Parker while they can, with QPR said to be interested.
4. Jake Livermore
Having made his England debut against Italy in August 2012, the future was looking bright for Tottenham youngster Jake Livermore. But after starting the season with three lacklustre performances against Newcastle, West Brom and Norwich, Livermore was rarely used in the starting line-up, instead making the bulk of his 18 appearances last season from the bench. And with competition from new signing Paulinho, as well as Mousa Demblé, Lewis Holtby, Sandro and Tom Huddlestone, it looks like Livermore’s days at White Hart Lane are numbered.
5. Clint Dempsey
As the clubs third top scorer with 12 goals last season, it may seem harsh that Dempsey features on this list rather than the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor or Jermain Defoe.
However the American often went missing in matches, not tracking back or having enough of an impact in the final third when deployed on the left of midfield.
And with Gareth Bale looking likely to occupy the central role behind the striker, Dempsey is unlikely to be given too many opportunities there, and with West Brom reportedly interested, Tottenham should cash in.
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