Spurs' bloated squad has plenty of capable footballers, but not all may fit into Mauricio Pochettino's plans.
After Mauricio Pochettino declared that he is looking at trimming his squad as much as he is adding to it, we propose three players that may struggle to get first team football this season at White Hart Lane.
All three are still capable Premier League performers, but with Mauricio Pochettino looking to revolutionise the side with a young, energetic, pressing game, and having seen several players impress during preseason, now may be the time for them to move on, either on loan or permanently.
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Benoit Assou-Ekotto - The Cameroon left back has always been somewhat of a love him or hate him figure amongst Spurs fans. His relaxed attitude playing the game caused many a nervous moment in his left back position down the years, but there is no doubt that for spells of his Spurs career, he was the best left sided defender in many seasons. Sent out on loan last season to QPR, he is back at White Hart Lane with Ben Davies to contend with as well as Danny Rose, and won't have made his job easier by throwing a headbutt at a international teammate during the World Cup. With Zeki Fryers also as back up, don't be surprised if Harry Redknapp returns to sign Assou-Ekotto up on a permanent deal.
Michael Dawson - Dawson has long exhibited the character and willpower Tottenham fans demand of every one of their players, and is now entering his eleventh season with the club, having made 322 appearances at the Lane, one more than club legend Ledley King. Though he wasn't as talented as his former central defensive partner, what he lacked in ability he more than made up in passion and desire. But last season, the former Nottingham Forest youngster looked a liability in a high line, and Dawson has again struggled in more than one preseason friendly. The 30-year-old deserves more than being shown up on the few appearances he is likely to get for Spurs this year, and is more than good enough to impress at a Premier League outfit that play a deeper back four.
Nacer Chadli - Some might think it is a little harsh to pick out the Belgian winger, but he is looking like being the odd one out with the club's other wide men all doing well during the summer - especially considering apparent interest in PSV star Memphis Depay. At just 25-years-old, the former Twente star could yet benefit from a season where he is starring at a Premier League club, rather than scrapping for League Cup and Europa League football with the club's other backups. A loan may give him the chance to return to Spurs having proven himself in the English top flight, where he scored just once in 24 games last year, or alternatively see him inflate his transfer fee ready for Tottenham to make a profit.