Can Tottenham cope with reported exodus of squad players like Chelsea have?

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur at the KC Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Hull, England.

There are reports aplenty about Tottenham’s fringe players leaving the club.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino gestures during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Totenham Hotspur at St James' Park in...

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.

Kevin Wimmer is heading to Crystal Palace, according to the Sun, while the Evening Standard believe Michel Vorm is also Eagles-bound.

Kevin Wimmer of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the Tottenham Hotspur Training Session

The same paper say Spurs are happy for Vincent Janssen to leave, while TalkSport suggest Moussa Sissoko is set for a medical at Trabzonspor.

To round things off, a loan deal for Georges-Kevin N’Koudou with Hellas Verona has been reported by Gianluca Di Marzio.

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.

Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea gives his team instructions during the The FA Community Shield final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 6, 2017 in London, England.

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.

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