Three Spurs players who should never play for the club again

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Tottenham Hotspur are in a position to start planning for next season after slipping off the top-four pace.

Tottenham Hotspur's top-four chances were effectively ended by their 0-0 draw with Burnley at the weekend, and Mauricio Pochettino could be forgiven for having one eye on next season now.

The Lilywhites are currently seven points behind Manchester City in fourth place and are unlikely to have enough games left (seven) in which to bridge that gap.

It means that Tottenham's remaining fixtures this term can be used to lay the foundations which make them a success next year, with Pochettino in a position to test out some fringe players in his first-team squad.

Whether he makes the most of this opportunity remains to be seen, but in this piece we take a look at three players who should not represent Tottenham again, as the Argentine boss plots a summer clear-out at White Hart Lane. 

Paulinho 

Things haven't worked out for the Brazilian attacking midfielder at White Hart Lane. He was brought to the club after an impressive showing at the Confederations Cup in 2013, but he has failed to show his true quality at Tottenham.

Too often his performances have been mediocre and, after a disastrous showing in his first Premier League start of the season against Burnley, it is surely time for Tottenham to sell the 26-year-old. 

As a result, Pochettino would be better off promoting academy star Josh Onomah for the remainder of Spurs' games, to see whether he is ready to make the step up to senior football ahead of the 2015/16 campaign. 

Roberto Soldado

Brought to be a guaranteed scorer for Spurs, Soldado will likely go down as one of the biggest wastes of money in the club's history.

The striker never found form at White Hart Lane, with his confidence dwindling by the game, and he now looks a shadow of his former self.

There can be no doubting that Soldado is a talented player - his record in Spain shows that he is major asset on his day - yet he never looked suited to the English game and Spurs need to cut their losses this summer. 

Although Tottenham do not have too many strikers in reserve, Soldado has shown that he is not the answer and Pochettino shouldn't give him any more opportunities in the first-team.

Emmanuel Adebayor 

Adebayor fought his way back from the brink last season, with a fine spell of form under Tim Sherwood, but he should not be offered the chance to do the same this time around.

The Togolese forward doesn't fit with Pochettino's style and needs to be cut from the first-team ranks.

Tottenham are already actively looking to sell the front-man, according to reports in the Daily Mail, and he shouldn't be seen again in a Spurs shirt before he moves on in the summer. 

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