Five players you won't believe are still at Tottenham

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Say what you like about Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, he stays busy right until the end of the window. While Spurs fans will be disappointed there was no late move for a striker, left winger, or Morgan Schneiderlin, there were outgoings from White Hart Lane.

Fan favourites Sandro and Lewis Holtby left for QPR and Hamburg (loan) respectively, while Zeki Fryers moved to Crystal Palace.With only Benjamin Stambouli's signing confirmed on transfer deadline day, Tottenham made a profit on their transfers for second seaosn running but there could and should have been more exits from the club. Here are five players you can't believe are still at White Hart Lane.

5. Benoit Assou-Ekotto

Disco Benny, as he is known to some Spurs fans, was once a stereotypical Lilywhite player. Technical accomplished, with a flair for a dummy or Cruyff turn, but also a worrying tendency to get himself and others into trouble and liable to switch off, he fitted in brilliantly in North London.

However, the lapses in concentration became too frequent, and with both Andre Villas-Boas and Mauricio Pochettino deciding to pick Danny Rose ahead of him, and Ben Davies coming in from Swansea over the summer, the future was so bleak for the Cameroon international that he was made available for free. However even at that price there have been no takers, although should a suitor be found Tottenham will no doubt be only too happy to terminate the former Lens defender's contract.

His picture on the club's website does not even show him in this season's kit!

4. Ryan Mason

A name not familiar to non-Spurs fans, Mason has come through the Tottenham academy and made a couple of appearances on the club's pre-season tour of America. However, having turned 23 this summer and made only four appearances for the Lilywhites since debuting in 2008-09.

Injuries have blighted the midfielder's career, and after a promising loan spell at Yeovil 2009-10 where he made 28 league appearances for the Glovers, Mason has made only 81 senior appearances in his whole career.

Possessing excellent vision but a frail physique, it is nice to see the club persist with their young talent but, like fellow academy graduate Jon Obika, a decision should be made in the best interests of the player's future.

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3. Brad Friedel

As nice a guy as Friedel is, it was a surprise he was signed by Harry Redknapp in 2011 on a two year deal, and even more of a surprice when at 43 the former Blackburn and Liverpool keeper signed a one year extension. With the signing of Michel Vorm from Swansea the 82-capped USA keeper should be set for retirement next summer.

The strangest thing, except his age, is that Friedel is a very different keeper to the player he backs up, Hugo Lloris. While the Frenchman is fast off his line and sweeps at behind his defence, Friedel sticks rigid to his line. It was no surprise that Vorm was brought give the Dutch keeper is more aligned to Lloris' style of play and while its nice to have Friedel around, he could have been released without much fanfare.

2. Roberto Soldado

A Tottenham record transfer signing for about a day, Spanish international Soldado has struggled to say the least since moving to England. Six goals in 29 Spurs appearances is not a great return for someone brought in to cure the goal scoring problems at White Hart Lane, and perhaps it is just the nature of the Premier League as Soldado scored over a goal every two games while playing in La Liga for Getafe and Valencia.

Linked with a return to his native land with Atletico Madrid, then a rumoured loan target for AC Milan and ex-club Roberto Soldado, the 29-year-old is still in North London but has fallen behind both Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane in the pecking order for the lone forward spot. We all hope he comes good at Spurs but the chances are getting slimmer by the day.

1. Bongani Khumalo


Tottenham have an intriguing relationship with clubs they have strategic agreements with. Brazilian side Internacional sold Sandro to Spurs but were far from helpful in negotiations regarding former striker Leandro Damiao; Real Madrid seem to have the best of the agreement that sees star players leave North London for the Spanish capital; while South African Supersport Utd provided the enigma that is Bongani Khumalo.

Now, there is a lot more to those partnerships, and Tottenham's charitable work in South Africa is very laudable, but on the playing side Khumalo's signing for a reported fee of £1.5million seems very charitable!

Khumalo has played 42 times for his country, and currently captains the Bafana Bafana. He signed for Spurs in January 2011 after a successful trial, has never played for the club, and is listed in the Development squad on the club's website despite being 27 years old. Since his signing he has spent time on loan at Preston (6 appearances), Reading (4), Greek side PAOK (22) and most recently Doncaster Rovers (30). On that evidence he is a decent player, but not Tottenham quality.

And yet he is still at the club (incidentally he is listed as a midfielder despite being a centre back). His wages are likely to be minimal by his team mates' standards but why he and the club have not agreed on a parting of ways only they know.

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