Tottenham Hotspur: 6 Players Spurs Must Find Replacements for This Summer
Tottenham's 2011-12 season may be over, but with its completion dawns the beginning of the summer transfer season.
It began as a glorious season in the history of Spurs football (well, if you forget those first two matches), but crumbled starting in March.
Hence, there were some great aspects of the season that supporters would not have changed, but there was still vast room for improvement.
Thus, based on the season that was, Tottenham has players they must hold on to and players they must shoo out the door.
Here are the six players on the latter end of that statement: the footballers Spurs must replace before September.
Friedel has played amazingly this season.
His performance at 41 years of age against Fulham last week was remarkable and something that has somehow flown under the radar.
However, the keeper must be reaching the end of his career; and with a backup that is 38, Tottenham are in obvious need of a keeper for the future.
Now, I'm not saying this has to be the end of Friedel playing for Tottenham, but Spurs should certainly have a plan for the future.
Perhaps the keeper that Spurs buy this summer will find the bench for the first part of his career at White Hart Lane, but he will surely find the job when Friedel inevitably retires.
It's a sad situation, but the captain must go.
King was a medical marvel at the beginning of the season, playing 21 Premier League matches on rickety knees that wouldn't even allow him to train between matches.
However, his play really faded as the season drew to a close.
Now, the 31-year old King is set to undergo yet another surgery to his knees, which may even force him to retire.
It's no wonder Spurs are going after Belgian centre-back Jan Vertonghen.
Even if he can be used in the same role as he was this season, King must be replaced.
Now, I don't think Danny Rose should necessarily be ousted from the squad.
However, the injury to Benoit Assou-Ekotto late in the season made clear Tottenham's lack of depth at left-back.
Rose came in and played his part, but showed a bit of inexperience in picking up a red card at Aston Villa.
Verdan Corluka is another option for Spurs at the position; however, with the Croatian making many disparaging comments about Harry Redknapp and the team while on loan at Bayer Leverkusen, it's unlikely he will be asked back to the squad.
Thus, Spurs must sign someone to replace Rose as a second option at left-back.
Don't get me wrong: I believe Modric to be one of the best players in Tottenham's squad right now and the most important player in creating scoring opportunities.
However, he has made it clear on multiple occasions (the latest being a few days ago, according to Mirror Football) that he wants to leave the club for (what he views as) greener pastures.
Spurs should certainly look to hold onto the Croatian midfielder, but they should more likely go after replacements as if they have lost him already.
Then, if Luka comes back, the Spurs are merely burdened with two creative outlets.
Hope for the best, expect the worst.
Tottenham find themselves in a very similar situation with Bale as they do with Modric.
Bale has been hinting at a summer exit (see BBC interview) if Spurs miss out on Champions League football next season, a prospect that is still possible if Chelsea win this season's final or Spurs lose in August's playoff.
Additionally, Barcelona have been making passes at the Welshman in way of huge potential offers.
Bale has been a huge attacking threat for Spurs, using his pace and skill to give defenders nightmares (just ask Inter Milan's back four).
He would be greatly missed if he weren't around next season.
Tottenham would be well-advised to find a possible replacement for the budding superstar.
Perhaps their offers to Lille for Eden Hazard, according to The Daily Mail, show that they are aware of this.
However, other than Hazard, it is nearly impossible for Spurs to find a replacement for Bale that is at his level.
Thus, keeping Bale should be the priority.
Covering themselves by finding the best possible back-up plan is must, though.
Giovani Dos Santos
Over the past few seasons, Giovani dos Santos has been a valuable forward for Mexico's national side and made himself a staple of El Tri's squad.
However, the 23-year old striker has done quite the opposite at Tottenham over that same period, losing favor for virtually any other option.
Such is the level of his falling out of favor that Giovani only appeared in 13 matches this season. That's across all competitions.
Now that it is clear that Redknapp is staying for another season, it's time to ship out the young Mexican for as much money as possible and buy someone that 'Arry will value.
Maybe Spurs could even get someone to challenge van der Vaart and Adebayor.