Tottenham Hotspur have decisions to make regarding three senior players in the coming months.
Three Tottenham Hotspur players are now in the final year of their current contract, so who is likely to be handed an extension and who looks set for the exit in less than 12 months?
Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Brad Friedel and Younes Kaboul are all less than 12 months away from the end of their current deal, and with pre-contract agreements able to be discussed from January, who will Mauricio Pochettino look to tie down as quickly as possible?
Of the three players above, Assou-Ekotto’s future looks most clear, with the defender recently left out of Tottenham’s Premier League squad and a free transfer next summer looking increasingly likely.
The Cameroon international recently spoke of his hope of returning to the Spurs line-up, but the latest twist suggests that may remain a pipe-dream.
At 43, Friedel is surely about to draw the curtain on an illustrious career. With Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm ahead of him in the pecking-order, the former USA international is likely to be on his way come August.
Then there is the curious case of Younes Kaboul, whose injury record remains a concern for a number of Tottenham fans.
For now he remains a vital part of Pochettino’s squad, but with a number of centre-backs at the club – the impressive Eric Dier among them – and Spurs linked with moves that failed to come off this summer, Kaboul could be playing for his Spurs future in the coming months.
Likely to stay: None
Likely to leave: Assou-Ekotto, Friedel, Kaboul