Tottenham will trim their wage bill at the end of this month with the departures of several senior players including William Gallas and David Bentley who will be leaving at the expiry of their current contracts. The deadwood had begun to clear prior to the arrival of Andre Villas-Boas last year but the press are now claiming that up to ten first team players could be sold, either to fund further transfers or to build up Gareth Bale’s wages – depending on who you believe.
Many of the names are predictable but some may surprise – here’s the full list.
Jermain Defoe, Emmanuel Adebayor, Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone, Iago Falque, Andros Townsend, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Bongani Khumalo and goalkeepers Heurelho Gomes and Brad Friedel.
Some of the suggestions don’t add up – after all, who will pay a fee for Brad Friedel at 42? As capable as he is, just what would Spurs expect to gain from a move that would see them having to enter the market for a back up to Hugo Lloris?
Overall, that is an issue with many of these names and if you sell Defoe and Adebayor, you have no senior striker and have to spend big in order to get depth of cover in this position.
Other names make more sense but picking Parker, Huddlestone, Falque and Gomes is an obvious thing to do if you need a story. However, these reports genuinely claim that AVB has told each of these players that they are surplus to requirements. Time, as always, will tell.