In my last post, I took a look at some transfer targets rumoured to be interesting Tottenham boss, Mauricio Pochettino. With a large squad and some new arrivals, the new manager will have to make some tough decisions on which players to let go. So who could be leaving the club in the near future?
Dawson has been a great servant to Spurs, and at times something of a cult hero. He is our longest serving current player, beating Aaron Lennon by a couple of months. He has even won four England caps during his time at White Hart Lane.
One of his strengths is his ability in the air, winning more than twice as many aerial duels per game last season, as the next best Tottenham player. The defender’s other less tangible strength is the leadership he provides, a scarce quality at Spurs last season.
The problem is that he just doesn’t have enough pace – or a good enough reading of the game to make up for it. Last year the Tottenham captain was exposed ruthlessly by sides fielding two up front and relying on fast passing – Manchester City and Liverpool being the two most obvious examples.
He could be an asset to a club with a different defensive philosophy but Pochettino’s high line doesn’t suit him, nor will splitting wide to cover his fullback. It’s sad to admit but it’s time for him to move on.
Naughton has often been unfairly judged on his performances at left back, a position that he is clearly not comfortable in – more the fault of Spurs failure to sign cover in that area.
At his preferred position of right back, he is competent but uninspiring. When Kyle Walker was injured for a prolonged period at the end of last season, it was evident how big a gulf in class there is between the two former Sheffield United players.
Tottenham need more effective cover and someone who can provide Walker with some competition. My disappointment with Danny Rose has been well documented in this blog but at least he fits the Pochettino mould for a fullback – essentially a running and crossing machine. Naughton clearly doesn’t.
It sometimes feels like the backup right back is still developing, while fellow squad member, Aaron Lennon is considered past his best. Naughton was born in 1988, Lennon 1987.
The Belgium winger joined Spurs as part of our Bale inspired transfer binge. Of all the tales of disappointment and failure from that group, he is the one player I don’t see having much future at Tottenham.
By rights he should be a good player, he’s certainly got the physical attributes. He just doesn’t do very much, as just 1 goal and 3 assists in the Premier League testify.
If we bring in a left sided wide player, we should look to offload Chadli.
For all Danny Rose’s faults, I’d much prefer to have him at Spurs than Assou-Ekotto. Rather than retread old ground, if you don’t know why, read my article on the Cameroon international here.
- Sandro will need to impress early this season. He was immense two years ago but since his injury he’s looked off the pace and a little too keen on social media. Maybe he can recover his old form, I’m doubtful.
- Younes Kaboul has had terrible injury problems in recent years. When he has played, he has looked lacking in concentration and error prone. If we bring in Musacchio, I wouldn’t be surprised if the big Frenchman made an exit.
- Dembele and Paulinho were unimpressive last season. If the Schneiderlin deal goes through and Bentableb continues to develop, I can’t see us needing both of them.
- On the pitch, Adebayor was fantastic last year but with him there’s always a doubt in my mind. I’ll be interested to see how he gets on with Pochettino.
Some big decisions await Mauricio Pochettino before the transfer window closes. Let’s hope he makes the right ones and Tottenham go into the new season with a squad that can compete in the upper reaches of the Premier League.
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