You have to fill a 25 man squad with somebody and given the three major loan departures and one permanent sale earlier this week, perhaps it’s no surprise at some of the names being included by Spurs this week.
In addition to those departures, Tom Carroll and John Bostock also went out to Derby and Sheffield Wednesday respectively so are David Bentley, Bongani Khumalo and Simon Dawkins literally there to ‘make up the numbers?’
The inclusion of Khumalo is logical in the sense that Bassong and Corluka were sent out on loan with only Ryan Nelsen coming in. With Spurs desperately short of cover at the back, the South African could be needed but after failing to impress at Reading, this could be his last chance.
As for David Bentley, even when injuries have shorn the team of right sided players there always seems to have been someone in to cover so he is still likely to be some way behind Parker, Lennon, Sandro and Jake Livermore.
The case of Dawkins however is an interesting one and although he could also provide last choice cover in his relevant area – the front line, is he the best candidate? He has been quoted as a ‘good prospect’ for some time now but at 24, it may be time to start moving beyond that status.
Overall, each player seems to be last ditch cover in defence, midfield and up front so maybe it isn’t such a shock after all?