Three Spurs stars who shouldn't play again this season after poor showings

Mauricio Pochettino now has just one competition to concentrate on, which means he no longer needs to rotate...

With Tottenham Hotspur now out of the two competitions they had remaining outside of the Premier League, boss Mauricio Pochettino's job becomes a little easier - even if the pressure on him may just grow.

When it comes to team selection, the Argentine will no longer have to face two games in a week until next season (except for this week, when the north London side face Swansea and Queens Park Rangers).

From next week onwards, it is simply one game every weekend for Pochettino's Tottenham side. And that means he no longer has to try and keep his whole squad happy - something that affected his team badly during their most important week of the season.

The 43-year-old should now look ahead to next term and not give any disappointing fringe players any more chances. Three in particular who've been poor of late stand out...

Roberto Soldado

With Harry Kane in such fine form for Spurs this season, Pochettino need not look to Roberto Soldado any longer.

Kane might have struggled to play two games a week - anyone would - but can now concentrate on leading the side out every seven days or so with a degree of rhythm and consistency.

That means the Soldado facade can be dropped. The Spanaird has been given so many chances to prove himself that it's time to finally put a stop to it. Tottenham would be better off playing a false nine than the Spaniard, whose terrible miss against Fiorentina (one of many this season) cost his side dearly in the Europa League.

Andros Townsend

Andros Townsend, meanwhile, is another Spurs star who has underwhelmed far too often this season. Barring injuries and suspensions, if the 23-year-old isn't needed, he simply shouldn't' be used.

Erik Lamela has flattered to deceive this campaign but the winger is the lesser of two evils when it comes to Townsend and should be given an extended run to prove himself if he is to finally come good at White Hart Lane.

Federico Fazio

Far form a fringe player, Federico Fazio was a first-team regular whose performances have now raised the question of whether he is truly needed in Pochettino's side.

The other option at centre-back, Eric Dier, has also endured a tough time on-field lately but, overall, has been in far better form than Fazio.

Dier was Tottenham's first choice in the Capital One Cup final and, like Lamela, should be given an extended run in the team to develop and gain experience. Fazio has proven a costly presence in recent weeks and, even if he can deliver consistently next season, his form right now is well short of what's required in north London.

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