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5 players that Spurs need to offload this summer

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Unusually for Tottenham, this summer has been a fairly quiet one in terms of transfer dealings.

In 2013, there were seven new arrivals at White Hart Lane but this time around, only the former Swansea pair of Michel Vorm and Ben Davies have joined while Jake Livermore has left for Hull on a permanent deal.

Surely there will be more activity before the start of the season: Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with former players Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez at Southampton, while there is plenty of deadwood among the fringe members of the squad.

Here are five players that Spurs need to offload before the big kick off.

1. Benoit Assou-Ekotto

Spurs are on offer at 4.60 with Betfair to finish in the top four at the end of this campaign but if they are to get back into the Champions League they need to sell a number of existing personnel.

Defender Assou-Ekotto suffered a dip in form in 2012-13 after which he spent last season on loan at Queens Park Rangers.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp seemed unimpressed with the Cameroon international and with Ben Davies and Danny Rose covering the left back position, there is nothing to suggest that Assou-Ekotto deserves a place in the side.

2. Kyle Naughton

Swansea have been linked with a move for right back Naughton and a majority of Spurs fans would hope that the club accept any bid.

The defender covered on the left side of defence last season but when he was switched to his preferred position on the right, he looked no more comfortable.

Naughton had an extended spell in the side after first choice Kyle Walker suffered a long term injury and while the 25 year old looks fine coming forward, he has plenty to learn about the art of defending.

3. Michael Dawson

Michael Dawson has been club captain since the retirement of Ledley King and the former Nottingham Forest man has been at White Hart Lane for nine years now.

If there is any sentiment left in the game, supporters would love to see the defender make it through another season and claim a deserved testimonial but that looks unlikely.

Sadly, the reality is that the player looks off the pace these days and in recent months there have been basic errors that have cost the team points.

Reports claim that Dawson is negotiating a severance package to compensate for the loss of a testimonial and a move away may be better for all concerned.

4. Andros Townsend

This may be seen as a controversial pick after the winger enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2013-14 but Spurs fans are very much divided over Townsend.

The player has undoubted pace but on many occasions there is no end product and that spectacular strike on his England debut is something of a rarity.

Townsend's efforts on goal are generally wayward and it may be a case of Tottenham cashing in while they can still get a sizeable fee for the 23 year old.

5. Etienne Capoue

It would be harsh on French international Capoue if he were ditched after just one season but his signing was a baffling one to begin with.

Spurs had better players in that holding midfield role and that was evidenced by the fact that the 26 year old made just 12 league appearances in the previous campaign.

Admittedly, injuries played a part in Capoue's season but in a crowded midfield, it's hard to see where he fits in and if sold now, Spurs stand a chance of recouping the majority of the £9m that they paid to Toulouse.

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