After what has been a largely indifferent season, with the odd spectacular moment, and with so many big names seemingly out of favour, the Spurs squad is in need of an overhaul. Selling will be the first priority as Mauricio Pochettino looks to free up space and reduce the wage bill.
Daniel Levy’s determination to recoup as much of the original fees paid out as possible and poor campaigns from those up for sale, means finding willing takers could prove difficult. Four of the ‘magnificent’ seven are likely to leave (Roberto Soldado, Vlad Chiriches, Etienne Capoue and Paulinho) and a combination of loan to buy and straight sales looks the best option to get them off the books. Soldado has been linked with a move back to Spain, per the Metro, while the latter three are said to have drawn interest from a host of Serie A clubs.
Previous squad stalwarts Younes Kaboul and Emmanuel Adebayor have been frozen out completely and Levy will be set on flogging them this summer. Kaboul will have Premier League admirers and should command a small fee but Adebayor’s wages remain a stumbling block to any potential move. Levy may have to be content with subsidising a portion of the striker’s salary just to be rid of him.
Aaron Lennon and Tom Carroll return from successful loan spells at Everton and Swansea City respectively, but are unlikely to feature in Pochettino’s plans. There has been talk of Lennon acting as a makeweight in a deal for Kevin Mirallas, per the Mirror, as Spurs look to increase their firepower up top, and it seems to be a deal which could suit all parties. Spurs’ overabundance of central midfielders means a fee of around £5 million should be enough to prise away Carroll. Ryan Fredericks excelled on loan at Middlesbrough but the signing of Deandre Yedlin has pushed him further down the pecking order and means a permanent move away is likely this summer.
As is customary at Spurs, a number of younger players will be allowed out on loan to gain first-team experience. Milos Veljkovic recently returned after his promising loan spell at Charlton Athletic was cut short due to injury and he looks set to return to the Championship next season. Promising products Josh Onomah and Harry Winks, who both made their first-team debuts this year, could be granted their first loan spells next season.