Is axing Defoe and Parker a gamble Spurs don't need to take?

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Andre Villas-Boas has reportedly decided on the names of 10 players he’s looking to sell this summer but there are two he may very well regret.

Reports have emerged stating that Spurs manager AVB has wasted no time with his summer clearout plans with names of Jermain Defoe and Scott Parker are on his list of ten players he’s looking to get rid of ahead of next season.

Defoe is the more surprising of the pair considering how light Tottenham are in attack at the moment, especially with the chance that Gareth Bale could still be sold this summer.

Defoe bagged 11 Premier League goals last season and in terms of Premier League experience and popularity with the Spurs fans, there are few better players at the club right now - even if his role as a number one striker may pretty much be by default at present.

Emmanuel Adebayor is also on the list, which means if Defoe is sold along with Adebayor and Bale also moves this summer, Tottenham are going to be under huge pressure to spend big on top quality attacking replacements.

It would also be very surprising to see Defoe leave because he still has a lot to give even at the age of 30-years-old. Considering most top clubs aim to have four top strikers, getting rid of one consistent forward like the Englishman is a risk considering how light they ended up last season.

He seems quicker than most older players in the Premier League and he’s also a very versatile front man; he can drop off to play with the midfield and he can also play as a number nine looking to exploit the space in behind.

Parker is a surprising name on the list because he’s equally valuable in terms of his experience around what is becoming a much younger Tottenham midfield. In previous seasons a light squad has caused the club trouble at the end of the season, and a pro like Parker is useful to have around.

He also does a gritty job in the middle of the team which no other Spurs midfielder can do as effectively, and is preferable to a player the club were linked with signing in his place; Gareth Barry.

His age will be a concern for AVB and subsequently any team looking to sign him, but he’s still very effective as a holding midfield player.

Parker is also a vital leader in the team and while he’s not the club captain, it’s a role he steps up to both on and off the field whether he’s been asked to do it or not.

That leadership role makes him key in the development of younger players in the first team squad such as Lewis Holtby, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Tom Carroll.

It just seems like such a huge risk for the Portuguese coach to take because Defoe and Parker are two players who regardless of new signings, can still play an important role for the club next season.

Here is the list of names AVB is apparently looking to offload; Jermain Defoe, Emmanuel Adebayor, Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone, Iago Falque, Andros Townsend, Beniot Assou-Ekotto, Bongani Khumalo and goalkeepers Heurelho Gomes and Brad Friedel.

Are there any names there Spurs will miss more than Defoe and Parker?

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