There are reports aplenty about Tottenham’s fringe players leaving the club.
Chelsea caused a few raised eyebrows when they took the decision to cash in on a number of their squad role players this summer, but amid reports that Tottenham may follow suit, which club will be hit harder?
As many as five Spurs players have been linked with moves away from north London recently, adding to the already-confirmed departures of Kyle Walker to Manchester City and Josh Onomah on loan to Aston Villa.
None of that quintet were likely to play huge minutes this season given the settled first XI that Mauricio Pochettino has assembled.
However, a run of injuries or suspensions could seriously weaken Spurs’ hand, especially with the club struggling to bring in new faces this summer.
A simple look at the problems Chelsea have encountered since allowing nine of their first-team squad to depart this summer should be warning enough for the Lilywhites.
Only Alvaro Morata had any wealth of outfield experience among the Blues’ substitutes on the opening day, while Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas’ dismissal in that defeat to Burnley meant Andreas Christiansen had to be called on against Spurs for just his third Premier League appearance.
Chelsea’s advantage comes in the fact they have spent money to bring in Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger to maintain their quality.
So far, Davinson Sanchez is the only outfield player to have arrived at Tottenham to compete for a starting spot and the Lilywhites will need a hell of a lot more than that if all five reported departures go through.