Only nine of the 14 that faced Sunderland last year are still at Spurs

Only nine of the 14 players that faced Sunderland last year are still at Tottenham this time around, with the future of at least two more under speculation.

Premier League football is a fast-moving industry these days and no club illustrates that more than Tottenham Hotspur.

The north London side have gone through more managers than they'd care to admit over the last few years but the hope is that that trend stops with Mauricio Pochettino.

Under the Argentine, however, that fast-moving nature is simply being passed down to Spurs' playing staff. Indeed, as Tottenham face Sunderland on Saturday, a telling statistic is that five of those who took part in the same fixture last year are no longer with the club.

Jermain Defoe was sold before Pochettino's appointment but the new Spurs boss has sold or loaned out four players that were once considered key components - or at least potentially in the future - to their side.

Club captain Michael Dawson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Sandro and Lewis Holtby have all been moved on under Pochettino and his brief time at the club can already be seen as somewhat of a revolution. Meanwhile, Zeki Fryers, who didn't play but was on the bench during that game, has also been sold.

That fact is further emphasised when you consider that Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend, who were part of the 14 that played in the 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light, could also face a future away from White Hart Lane.

If reports are to be believed, both could be for sale in January, while neither are the first name on Pochettino's team sheet by any stretch.

The Spurs squad, then, is clearly going through a period of transition, even if some players involved back then are only starting to hit their stride - Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue, for instance.

Christian Eriksen and Emmanuel Adebayor, too, were uninvolved that day but are important figures within the Tottenham squad now.

Still, the rate of change in north London is vast. It is intriguing to think who will feature in their next trip to Sunderland - and how many of them will have played last year... or even tomorrow.

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