Steven Caulker was the main defender for Great Britain in their 2012 Olympics campaign. 

The central defender then went on to make his England debut against Sweden in which he scored his debut goal as well. 

The Englishmen is considered as the future of England defence, and was highly regarded by the media and pundits alike - so were Tottenham right to sell him?

Tottenham Hotspur academy product had various loan spells in lower division clubs before getting his decisive break in Swansea City during 2011/12 season. 

Caulker was a vital cog in Swansea's possession based game and those performances got him a place in Andre Villas-Boas squad for 2012/13 season.

Even though established players like Younes Kaboul, William Gallas, Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawson were available for selection, Caulker got his chances in a Lillywhite shirt many times and he continued to impress at White Hart Lane.

The release of Gallas after the end of his contract might have opened more chances for the youngster in the new season. 

The 190 centimetre tall centre-back was eyeing regular playing time, and many fans were expecting him to make a spot of his own in future. 

Caulker was ready for the present as well as in the future in the eyes of many. 

Spurs think tank of Daniel Levy, Franco Baldini and Villas-Boas had other ideas. 

They have decided to cash in on the youngster by selling him to Premier League new boys Cardiff City. 

The Bluebirds were ready to break their bank for Caulker, and brought him to Wales in a record breaking deal for the club. 

Cardiff City had brought a gem of a defender and he is surely going to be one of their best players in the new campaign. 

The deal was a really good one from Cardiff's perspectives, but what about Spurs? Did Levy and Co. do the right thing by offloading an upcoming youngster with immense potential. 

Were they considered him as a liability based on his Tottenham debut performance back in September 2010, and decided to cash in on his hype

Whether the progress he made in last three seasons wasn't enough to convince Tottenham think tank?

At north London, Caulker was fourth in the pecking order behind Vertonghen, Dawson and Kaboul. 

If we take a closer look, the injury prone nature of players, their varying strengths and weaknesses should have opened up more chances for Caulker.

Unlike the other fourth choice defenders in top clubs, Caulker was a much better and a safer choice whom the team management can rely upon. 

The quality of Caulker should have presented AVB a different headache altogether. 

Kaboul is still recovering from injury while Vertonghen is also sidelined after an injury suffered in pre-season, Dawson at the same time is not a player for every occasion. 

That prompts the question, What do Tottenham have in their hands at present?

Makeshift arrangements in centre-backs like Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and youngster Ezekiel Fryers aren't going to take them to the top of Premier League. 

As shown in the friendly against Monaco, there will be too many holes in temporary arrangements!

The search of a replacement for Caulker hasn't yielded a result and Tottenham's options in central defence is looking as thin as it's striker department! 

Will Tottenham regret over their decision to let go of one of their prized assets in Caulker? Do you think Spurs were right to sell the Englishmen?


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