Tottenham Hotspur’s long-term plan has always been to break into the top four of the Premier League and establish themselves as a true force in English football.
But for one reason or the other Spurs have failed to do so.
This season Tottenham appear to be heading for yet another disappointing season. Despite being just four points behind fourth-placed West Ham United in the Premier League table, the North London’s struggles mean that they have to step up.
Tottenham are a big club, but a quick look at their squad would suggest otherwise. A number of the players on their books are simply not Champions League material, which means that they are liabilities in the quest to finish in the top four.
Below are three players an ambitious and Champions League-chasing Tottenham side should look to offload. They are good players who can do the job, but they are simply not Champions League material.
Simply put, Andros Townsend is overrated. He is 23 years of age and has not even made 50 appearances in the Premier League for Tottenham - that tells the story.
As promising as the England international winger was made out to be in previous years, he simply has not delivered the goods consistently enough.
True, injuries have not helped his cause, but Townsend is just not Champions League material - not at the moment, anyway.
Emmanuel Adebayor will divide opinions. On his day, he can be unplayable but those days are few and far between. Despite featuring for the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid, the 30-year-old has never been among the top-10 strikers in Europe at any time and, at 30, he will never be.
The Togolese’s experience is valuable for Spurs, but his performances this campaign have proved that he is just not good enough to lead Tottenham in the Champions League.
Aaron Lennon has pace, but what else has he got? The England international has been on the books of Tottenham since 2005, but if Spurs hunt around Europe, they will find far better and more talented wingers than him.
Lennon is a good player for a mid-table team. For a club like Tottenham who aspire to be one of England’s top four, he simply is not good enough.