Three Tottenham players who could be sold if they perform poorly tonight

Tottenham Hotspur take on Burnley in FA Cup action later this evening and there could be a lot at stake for some players.

With Tottenham Hotspur set to name a much changed line-up in the FA Cup against Burnley tonight it could be the last chance that a number of their fringe players get to impress at White Hart Lane.

Spurs may have a major clear out this month, with Mauricio Pochettino potentially looking to cash-in on some of his lesser utilised players and, as a result, this could be many players' final opportunity to change the mind of their manager.

In this piece we take a look at three players who could be in the last chance saloon at White Hart Lane tonight, with one more poor performance likely to seal their fate. 


Tottenham are currently short of midfielders, with Ryan Mason struggling with injury and Nabil Bentaleb at the African Cup of Nations, meaning there is a chance for someone to stake their claim for a regular first-team place.

Benjamin Stambouli and Mousa Dembele both failed to do this when handed a chance against Crystal Palace this weekend and it seems that Paulinho could be next in line to get an opportunity.

So far the Brazilian has not lived up to his reputation or price tag at White Hart Lane, but a positive display against Burnley may make Pochettino more reluctant to see him leave.

At the moment Paulinho is being linked with Inter Milan by the Mirror, and he will need to put these distractions about his future to the back of his mind tonight. 

Younes Kaboul

Kaboul initially appeared to be firmly in Pochettino's plans, after being handed the captaincy soon after he took over, but a series of mediocre performances have pushed him out of contention.

The Daily Mail claims that Besiktas are interested in signing the powerful centre-back now, but he will be hoping to show the qualities which clearly impressed his Argentine boss during his initial time in charge. 

Federico Fazio and Jan Vertonghen have formed a formidable partnership at the heart of Spurs's defence in recent times, but Kaboul will still harbour ambitions of breaking that up and a good performance tonight will do his cause no harm.

Emmanuel Adebayor

The striker has been nowhere near his best this season, but is set to start against Burnley and a goal could turn opinions on him around.

Harry Kane has been a revelation this season, but Spurs lack any other goalscorer in their squad and Adebayor's form is a major concern.

It seems that a move to MLS could be likely in the near future according to The Times, but if he can hit the back of the net he may just jump ahead of Roberto Soldado in the pecking order and preserve his future until the summer. 

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