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Top 5: Tottenham stars who could be set to exit

The bench was a common experience for Soldado after an unsuccessful first season. (©GettyImages)
The bench was a common experience for Soldado after an unsuccessful first season. (©GettyImages).

Tottenham has a depth to their squad.

This is both good and bad, as injuries do not affect the team quite as much but many players become unsettled due to lack of playing time.

Anybody on the team, except Eriksen and Lloris, could be sold for the right price, but these following players should be sold for the good of the team.  

Here is a list of players that Tottenham should let go to avoid any problems with morale, finance and playing time. 

Vlad Chiriches

Vlad Chiriches had an ultimately disappointing first season in North London.

He showed why he has his own ScoutNation review (which is rare for defenders) with a few marauding runs and cheeky fakes. However, those same moves led to errors as well and his refusal to simply clear a ball led to goals.

Chiriches still has plenty of value but the combination of off-field rumours, problematic decision making, lack of effort and passion mean that he is very replaceable and not the type of player Tottenham needs to sort out its defensive problems.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto

He lost his spot in the team to Danny Rose, which should tell us something.

Rose had a less than spectacular season for Spurs, full of defensive errors and being out of place (just like Vlad).

Assou-Ekotto lost his place to Rose and he has not been happy about it.

A photo posted on twitter made it clear that he felt no pity for his parent club after Spurs were dismantled by Liverpool 5-0.

Although that is not the attitude that Spurs need, his talent is equally questionable. Harry Redknapp admitted that the Cameroonian left-back has not produced at QPR (where he was at loan).

The big gap between the Championship and the Premier League suggests that BAE might be better served finding a foreign league, as he has lost the quality he had during Spurs' Champions League run.

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Sigurdsson has done nothing wrong since coming to White Heart Lane.

He has actually been good, producing a few spectacular goals (see his display against Southampton).

The young, Icelandic midfielder just has the unfortunate predicament of playing in a very crowded midfield that will get only more crowded with the return of loanees Tom Carroll and Lewis Holtby.

The shoot-first mentality of Sigurdsson is good for Spurs, as they need somebody to take chances, but he brings less to the table than Holtby or Eriksen (who play his position) and therefore might be the odd man out.

Jake Livermore

Livermore has the same problem as Sigurdsson, his position.

Livermore proved at Hull that he is a capable midfielder but at Tottenham, he would struggle to find playing time.

When he did see the field, it would be at the expense of Capoue, Sandro, Paulinho, and Dembele, risking upsetting the midfield core of the team.

Tom Carroll also shows a lot of promise and Spurs would likely favor him over Livermore.

A permanent deal to Hull makes sense for Livermore, who was quite happy in the orange and black kit.  

Roberto Soldado

Recent rumours of a Soldado move to the La Liga champions make sense.

Soldado was ever so productive in his many years with Valencia, but failed to show any of the same form at Tottenham.

The hefty price tag Spurs paid was for a finisher who could knock in 15-20 goals, not a penalty taker.

Soldado's misfiring led to his being benched for Emmanuel Adebayor, who did produce.

Harry Kane's impressive end to the season made playing time even harder to come by for the former Spanish international (who will not accompany the team to Brazil).

This is a simple cutting losses situation.

Whereas Lamela is still young and struggled with injury, Soldado is aging and there is no guarantee he will be better next year.

Lamela shows much more promise and an Argentinian coach could get the most out of him.

That same Argentinian coach once made a move for Harry Kane, however, and is unlikely to favour Soldado to the English U-21 frontman.

Adebayor is the clear first choice and Soldado is not primed for second, so it makes sense for both sides to send him back to Spain.

Notable Omissions

All of the following players have been tapped to leave, and for the right price they should, but following every name are reasons why they should be allowed to fight for a spot on the team.

Andros Townsend was not efficient but still promises a bright future, with his pace and dribbling ability. He also was much better on the left side, where he would cross instead of shoot.

Erik Lamela simply shows too much promise. His first season was horrible, but Tottenham have plenty roles he could fill in at and Pochettino might just be able to get production out of the young winger. 

Etienne Capoue struggled with injuries and said that he wanted to be sold. However, a new manager can change everything and when healthy, Capoue showed that he was a defensive stalwart that would barricade the middle of the field.

Kyle Naughton is the worst left back in the Premier League, because he is a right back. First impressions stick and it is bizarre why Naughton was allowed to fill in so many times for Rose. At right back, he is a decent backup.

Nacer Chadli is able to produce for a very strong Belgium regularly. If Pochettino's system favors him, he could be quite a good player actually.

Michael Dawson is the heart and soul of the club. He does not have the talent of other players but Spurs should keep him around and give him time against weaker clubs. He deserves to retire in a Lilywhite jersey.

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