After yet another defeat in the Premier League, Tottenham’s squad is in need of an overhaul, starting with three players better off elsewhere.
Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United at White Hart Lane was disastrous to say the least, with the Magpies turnaround victory leaving the Lilywhites down in 11th and five points off a Champions League qualification spot.
But with plenty of games still to come and a January transfer window to see through, Tottenham’s season may not be over yet – the squad just needs a little fixing.
Here are three players Mauricio Pochettino must look to offload in a couple of months.
An obvious inclusion perhaps, given that Pochettino failed to give the Cameroon international a Premier League squad number, but Assou-Ekotto could do with being jettisoned from the club in the near future, given that his poor attitude unlikely to be having much in the way of a positive effect on the wider team.
Loaned to QPR last term, the Rs are unlikely to be able to afford the 30-year-old who earns a significant wage at White Hart Lane. Spurs should therefore concede defeat, pay the remainder of the defender’s contract and allow him to depart to a club of his choosing.
Another player linked with a move to Loftus Road and a big reunion with Harry Redknapp, Lennon has fallen down the pecking order at Tottenham in recent times and could well depart the club come January with no end of potential suitors for the former England international.
Still only 27, Lennon had been linked with a move to the super-rich leagues of the Middle East in recent months but may instead opt to try and resurrect his Three Lions career by moving to a mid-table Premier League side where he can feature more regularly.
The most likely of the three candidates to depart north London in a couple of months time, Soldado’s time at Tottenham has been an unmitigated disaster, with a missed penalty against Manchester City a couple of weeks back proving to be the icing on the cake.
Despite enduring difficulties in front of goal through his time in England, Soldado has already attracted plenty of interest with Inter Milan, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid all rumoured to be in for the Spaniard. Spurs should still be prepared to take a financial hit on the £29 million striker though.