Tottenham will hope other young midfielders push hard to make an impression on Mauricio Pochettino this summer.
Mauricio Pochettino's admittance that three Spurs players, including Nabil Bentaleb, are not in his plans this season, as reported by Sky Sports, is big news for the way the squad is likely to shape up for the new season, and will be encouraging to several players fighting for a role.
Pochettino's words will of course be hugely disappointing to Bentaleb and the player's supporters, and he remains a promising midfielder whichever club he joins this summer, whether it is on loan or permanently.
However, as it goes in football, one player's misfortune is an opportunity for others, and with the Algerian now likely to depart, there are several who will benefit from the squad opening.
Victor Wanyama shoots at goal
Of course, Victor Wanyama has arrived from Southampton, but his position is likely to be rotating with Eric Dier in the anchorman role.
Bentaleb was earmarked for the second, more advanced position in the pivot, filling in for Mousa Dembele, something that is important considering the Belgian is set to miss the first three matches of the season and has had injury problems in his career.
Ryan Mason, who has been linked with a departure himself this summer, may be someone who takes the news regarding Bentaleb as a big vote of confidence. Likewise Tom Carroll, who reportedly saw his contract extended this summer by a season, is someone who could remain a member of the first team squad.
Tottenham's Tom Carroll in action
Both players are arguably better in advanced roles than as one of two central midfielders, but for Pochettino, the key to his relationship with players seems to be a willingness to work hard and buy into his tactics.
This may be a final chance for Carroll to find a role in the squad, with his contract unlikely to be renewed again next summer unless that is the case.
Tottenham's Harry Winks in action with Fiorentina's Nenad Tomovic
Harry Winks may also be a player who could see more first team action, having made two brief appearances from the bench in the Europa League last season. Pochettino clearly rates the 20-year-old, who was a substitute another 13 times, including five in the Premier League.
Though still lightweight, this could be a campaign of opportunity for a player who is tenacious and smart with the ball.
Other youngsters such as Josh Onomah, who is also much fancied by the Argentine, Dominic Ball, Will Miller and Anton Walkes, all with the current visit to Australia, could be driven to play out of their skin this summer, in the hopes of edging closer to first team football.
Tottenham's Joshua Onomah and Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko