With an impressive season having recently drawn to a conclusion, Spurs now have the exciting prospect of a Champions League campaign to compete with.
This added level of competition means Tottenham are likely to have to address the shortcomings within the squad, laid bare by the chronically disappointing end of season form that saw the club take just two points from the last four games.
With that in mind, Ben Mathias considers those players that may be unlikely to make the cut come the start of the 2016/17 season.
Not only do I think this is the right move for him, but also everyone else involved.
As he is a fan of the club everyone wanted to see Ryan Mason succeed at Spurs, similar to how Harry Kane has. However, when called upon this season he’s failed to cut the mustard.
Many midfielders in the Premier League would struggle to fill Dembele’s shoes anyway, but Mason hasn’t even been close to delivering.
In new surroundings at a team like Bournemouth, I think he would flourish.
In the pre-season ‘Audi Cup’ tournament, he put in a good display against AC Milan – scoring a goal in a 2-0 win.
However, he has also been an underwhelming prospect this season when called upon to fill in for Dembele, Alli or Dier.
He has proven too weak a holding midfielder, as we saw in the 2-1 home defeat to Newcastle earlier in the campaign.
Even if Carroll were to be deployed in his best position, at number 10, it seems just as likely that he would prove to be bang average. Competing in the Champions league next season, average isn’t good enough.
Now, this may divide opinion, but I think Vorm needs to be sold.
Considering his age, 32, he doesn’t have a lot of ‘good’ years left in him, let’s face it.
Hugo Lloris hasn’t really been spectacular this season – whilst he’s made some world class saves, his level of consistency has not been at its usual high standards.
I feel this may be down to complacency because he knows his place in the squad is safe. Not because he is the captain, but because he has no real competition for his position.
As it is, I don’t think Vorm is good enoughback up anyway. He has played 21 games for Tottenham and only kept 5 clean sheets.
Selling him for £4 maybe £5 million and buying a younger goalkeeper who will develop and push Lloris to make him play at his best – as Trippier has done with Walker, Davies with Rose and even Son with Lamela.
Who do I propose to bring in? Jack Butland. He is 23 years old and is already better than Vorm. The opportunity to compete at the top of world football could prove an alluring prospect.
A side note
Bentaleb, being 21 years old still has a lot to offer and big potential even if he will be a squad player. A bid of £20 million may be difficult to turn down, however.
Nacer Chadli will always be an asset to this Tottenham side in my opinion. In his three years at Tottenham, Chadli has scored 25 goals and has 16 assists – a good return.
Chadli’s problem has largely revolved around his work rate and consistency – failing to deliver when coming off the bench most of the time.
Maybe, if he puts this right, he can make a surge to fight for his place and give Pochettino something to think about.
It’s my belief that these two players could prove to be good options for the cup, maybe even the Champions League next season.
Written by Ben Mathias
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