With apologies to ‘Snog, Marry, Avoid’, it’s time to take a look at some of the fringe players around White Hart Lane and ask what their fate should be next season.
To many, South African Bongani Khumalo looks a confusing and largely pointless signing. Arriving in January 2011, he has yet to play a first team game for the club, despite the opportunities provided by the Europa League and Carling Cup and an ongoing injury crisis at the back.
Khumalo isn’t a kid – he’s 25 years old and isn’t exactly one for the future. We’ve seen him and his agent plead for a chance but now it seems that fingers are being pointed at international level amidst allegations of managerial favouritism.
“The accusation that perhaps I shouldn’t be here is fair,” Khumalo said about his place in the South Africa side. “But you need to look at other factors. I play in England and generally people don’t know what is happening on that side. The English Premiership is the stage where you play the highest level of football, probably the best league in the world.”
That’s fine except he’s not actually playing in the Premiership and doesn’t look likely to break into the Spurs team anytime soon.
Apologies if it seems a one-sided debate but it’s been hard to find a case for the defence. As far as the player is concerned, would you sell, loan or keep for 2012-13?