Have Tottenham just made a major transfer mistake?

Tottenham Hotspur approved the surprise sale of Steven Caulker to Cardiff City yesterday.

Tottenham's sale of Steven Caulker came on a busy day for the club, who had to deal also with the ongoing Gareth Bale circus.

But have the club made a major mistake in allowing the talented centre-back to leave the club?

Regardless of a deal for potential replacement Vlad Chichires stalling, allowing Caulker to leave is an odd decision by Tottenham.

It leaves the club potentially short for the start of the season in central defence, with William Gallas released, and Jan Vertonghen battling an injury hoping to be fit for the season kick-off.

Even Michael Dawson is a player who Andre Villas-Boas attempted to offload to QPR last summer - and Younes Kaboul's recent injury history makes him an unreliable option, so selling academy prospect Steven Caulker perhaps seems short-sighted.

At just 21-years-old he is an excellent prospect for the future, even hailed last season as a natural replacement for the retired Ledley King in the heart of the club's defence.

With more than a decade potentially ahead of him at the top level, Caulker even won an England international call-up last Autumn.

It's may be with that in mind that he wanted to move on, to try to win a place in next year's World Cup squad, given he was not first choice at present.

Which is why a loan move would have been ideal. It isn't like Spurs need the £9 million cash, especially with Real Madrid offering a king's ransom for Gareth Bale.

Caulker's destination of Cardiff is also surprising given he played a successful season on loan for their Welsh rivals Swansea City in 2011/12.

He has the potential to do very well at his new side, for who he is an excellent acquisition. We just wonder how much Tottenham will live to regret allowing him to move on so easily?

Spurs fans are you concerned by the sale?

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