Who Stays and Who Goes for Spurs?

With the end of the season approaching, it is time to look at who should stay and who should be sold at the end of the year, and who may not give Spurs a choice in the matter.  We’re going to try to break down what may happen in the Summer.  Readers should note, however, that everything could change if Tim Sherwood is replaced during the Summer.

Here is the official roster from Spurs’ website and an analysis of each position

Goalkeepers:

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1  Gomes
24  Brad Friedel
25  Hugo Lloris
58  Jordan Archer

Spurs may be in search of a new goaltender after rumors have cropped up of Hugo Lloris leaving in the Summer.  It has been rumored that the ‘sweeper-keeper’ wishes to leave if Tottenham cannot attain a Champions League berth.  Brad Friedel and Gomes are old as dirt at 42 and 33, respectively, and if they don’t retire after this year will only stick around as 3rd choice keepers.  Jordan Archer is also not ready to claim the starting spot.  Lloris has been one of Spurs’ best players, if not the best, this season and replacing him will not be an easy job.  If Lloris’ desire proves to be true, we expect that he will not last long on the market.  Clubs such as PSG and Real Madrid are apparently hoping to capture the French international and Daniel Levy may be able to secure a good return for the unhappy player.

Defenders:

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2  Kyle Walker
3  Danny Rose
4  Younes Kaboul
5  Jan Vertonghen
6  Vlad Chiriches
16  Kyle Naughton
20  Michael Dawson
35  Ezekiel Fryers

While not often counted among the Premier League’s best, Spurs’ defense has certainly gotten the job done most match days.  Despite often being a patchwork group, they have played well enough behind an anemic offense under both AVB and Sherwood.  They have, however, shown themselves incapable of defending the top 4 teams.  What management will need to evaluate is whether this is because the defense is sub-par or because they have been tremendously underutilized (it is likely a combination of both).

At the moment, Spurs only appear to be in true danger of losing Jan Vertonghen, who appears to want out whether Spurs finish in the top-4 or not.  The Belgian center half started at the club in a very promising position but has since been unsettled by the club’s struggle to reach and maintain a top-4 position and having to play at his most-hated position of left back.  This leaves the club with captain Michael Dawson Younes Kaboul, and Vlad Chiriches at center back.  While those three are certainly serviceable, they are not top-shelf and management will hopefully be looking to bring in new blood.  Kyle Walker will also remain a fixture, with Kyle Naughton and Danny Rose being suitable backups.  Spurs should look to add a top-flight left back this Summer, as it has been a position of weakness the entire year.

Midfielders:

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7  Aaron Lennon
8  
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11  
Erik Lamela
15  
Etienne Capoue
17  
Andros Townsend
19  
Moussa Dembélé
21  
Nacer Chadli
22  
Gylfi Sigurdsson
23  
Christian Eriksen
30  
Sandro
42
 Nabil Bentaleb

The midfield group is by far the hardest to evaluate for Spurs.  It is heavy on talent, but shallow in its execution this season.  Neither AVB nor Sherwood have found a way to tap into the talent of their midfielders.  Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli have put in the strongest performances of late, swapping in and out of the left wing and central attacking positions when playing together.  If both want to stay at the club, they will be welcomed back.

Aaron Lennon and Sandro are two long-time Spurs’ players and likely don’t want a move anywhere.  That being said, Spurs would be wise to consider moving Lennon.  Aaron Lennon by all accounts is a decent player, but has not reached the potential Spurs believed he had.  If Spurs believe they have a better option at wide right, they could offload Lennon and give Andros Townsend a chance full time.

The players most likely to leave are Etienne Capoue, Moussa Dembélé, and Erik Lamela.  Capoue, while a solid holding midfielder, is entirely out of favor with Tim Sherwood and rarely used.  It would serve both parties better to sell him.  Dembélé has not played to the high level Spurs anticipated.  His ability is unquestioned, but he lacks consistency and killer instinct needed to take advantage of that ability.  It may be unfair to evaluate Lamela after his horrific time at Spurs, which has seen him battling injuries and dealing with the kidnapping of his brother in Buenos Aires all while having to learn a new language.  His purchase as Spurs’ record transfer has always seemed odd, however.  Lamela, a natural right winger, never really seemed to fit into how Spurs want to play and his conversion to a central attacker was less than successful.  Tottenham would be better off by cutting their losses and selling Lamela to a club at which he may be more comfortable.

Forwards:

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9  Roberto Soldado
10  Emmanuel Adebayor
37  Harry Kane

Another area for Spurs where skill is undeniable, but entirely inconsistent.  Emmanuel Adebayor was hailed for a 10-game run in which he carried Spurs on his back.  Since then “Ade” has done almost nothing, indicating that the has not gotten over the habit of disappearing during a season.  In his defense though, his poor run of form has coincided with Tim Sherwood’s decision to revert to the 4-2-3-1.  Roberto Soldado has suffered equally in this system.  A tremendous scorer in La Liga, the Spanish international has been unable to translate his skills to a bigger and more physical Premier League.  Like Lamela, his purchase was questionable as his skill set does not lend itself well to English football.   Interestingly, Sherwood seems to really like Harry Kane despite his lack of experience.  It would not be surprising to see him try to move forward with Kane as a striker, though that would leave Spurs woefully undermanned.

Again, the difficulty for Spurs will be selling one or both of Adebayor and Soldado.  Ade is inconsistent and Soldado is a striker who can’t score.  Marketing these two will not be easy.  Spurs need to recoup a good deal of cash and though they certainly will not get all of it back, Levy & Co. need to make sure they push for a great deal.

On Loan:

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14  Lewis Holtby
28  Thomas Carroll
29  Jake Livermore
32  Benoit Assou-Ekotto

Fans should expect the image above to become a more common sight.  Despite his skill and high work rate, Lewis Holtby never found a spot in Spurs lineup.  Though he may stick around if Sherwood is replaced, Fulham will be pushing hard to make Holtby’s loan permanent if they manage to stay up.

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