Do Tottenham Hotspur need more admissions of failure?

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Why selling Federico Fazio after just one season in addition to Benjamin Stambouli will send out the wrong message at Tottenham.

Tottenham Hotspur are taking a pro-active approach to players surplus to requirements this summer, but in certain cases are they acting too quickly?

Paulinho and Etienne Capoue have already been sold after just two seasons, to Guangzhao Evergrande and Watford, while it would be no surprise to see Vlad Chiriches follow.

All three were signed by Andre Villas-Boas, and were showing signs of regression rather than improvement, and their sales in themselves represent good business for the club.

Where they are however being reported to be arguably too impatient, is regarding Benjamin Stambouli and Federico Fazio.

Both players were signed just 12 months ago by current head coach Mauricio Pochettino, but face uncertain futures.

The Sun report Watford are in talks to sign Stambouli and expect to complete the deal this week, while The Sun also write that Spurs are keen to cash in on Fazio after signing Toby Alderweireld.

Both players may not be first choice next season, but is a quick sale really for the best?

Cashing in on the pair would be two more examples of admissions of failure by the club in the transfer market, to add to Paulinho and Capoue, and don't forget Lewis Holtby either.

It sends the wrong message out to potential arrivals, that despite signing long term contracts, they could be turfed out of the club after just 12 months.

Pochettino of course was just bedding in when he took over, and has a new head of recruitment in place, but there is an argument to hang onto two players he believed in enough to sign a year earlier, to see if they can come good.

With a long season ahead, and Europa League football to balance with domestic competitions, there is sufficient reason to give them both an extra campaign, and if they show they cannot cut it, sell them next summer instead.

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