6 Tottenham Hotspur Players Who No Longer Have a Purpose at White Hart Lane

Frank WagnerCorrespondent IMay 9, 2013

6 Tottenham Hotspur Players Who No Longer Have a Purpose at White Hart Lane

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    It is certainly a busy time at Tottenham at the moment.

    Two must-win matches remain in their Premier League season, as they once more chase a Champions League spot.

    Top clubs are knocking down the doors of White Hart Lane with massive offers for Spurs' superstar winger Gareth Bale.

    Manager Andre Villas-Boas is starting to set up for big summer deals to bring in some hot talent, while the rest of Tottenham's rivals are transitioning (or potentially about to transition) to a new boss.

    With so much going on, it is understandable for Spurs supporters to be engrossed in these huge narratives and forget about the mundane threads surrounding the club.

    One such subject that may slip under the radar is the club's potential actions in letting some players move on from the club during the summer transfer window.

    While Tottenham will no doubt fight to keep the likes of Bale, other players may have seen their time at the club run its course and should perhaps get ready to find a new destination.

    So who are these players?

    Here are the six Spurs players who no longer serve a purpose at White Hart Lane.

William Gallas

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    At the start of the season, William Gallas was a first-choice central defender and served regularly as captain of the side.

    Manager Andre Villas-Boas was made painfully aware of this mistake as the season progressed, as Gallas' dearth of pace caused the side problems.

    For evidence of the 35-year-old's problems at the back, one need look no further than Spurs' first match with Chelsea at White Hart Lane, where the Frenchman gifted the Blues three goals.

    It's unclear at this point whether Gallas is going to retire at the end of the season, but Tottenham must get rid of him in any case.

Emmanuel Adebayor

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    Emmanuel Adebayor has been the picture of inconsistency for Tottenham this season.

    The striker has proved on more than one occasion to be a liability, including a horrendous sending off in the first North London derby of the season.

    It is Adebayor's generally lackadaisical approach to every match, though, that is most frustrating.

    Because of it, Ade seems to have produced fewer good matches than horrendous ones over the past several months.

    On the surface, Adebayor's fine performance against Chelsea on Wednesday, where he scored a great goal and assisted another, should make one rethink his future at the club.

    However, it is just that sort of performance that should frustrate Spurs supporters, as the Togolese striker has failed on so many occasions to produce this form.

    One can only hope that Ade's fine play at Stamford Bridge was his swan song for Tottenham.

Heurelho Gomes

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    While Heurelho Gomes is on loan at 1899 Hoffenheim, the Brazilian goalkeeper is still under a Tottenham contract at the moment.

    Gomes hasn't made a first-team start for Spurs since November 2011 and had a huge fall from grace after many key errors in the club's big 2010-11 season.

    However, with Brad Friedel potentially hanging up his boots this summer, Spurs might just consider bringing Gomes back to serve under Hugo Lloris.

    The overwhelming evidence, though, points to this being a horrible idea.

    Gomes has been a nuisance when he's not getting regular starts, which he certainly wouldn't be given with Lloris' grasp of the top spot.

    Spurs should sell Heurelho Gomes and buy a new backup this summer (should Friedel retire, that is).

Tom Huddlestone

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    This is a tough one for me.

    I've been a big Tom Huddlestone fan for quite some time now and have loved the way he has fought back from injuries to actually contribute to the side this season.

    In some ways, I want to see Huddlestone get another chance at White Hart Lane, especially given his skill on the ball and picking the long ball.

    However, it's becoming clear that the English midfielder's time at Spurs has come to an end.

    Huddlestone has little-to-no pace at this point and has become a liability in the middle of the park when up against quick and crafty opposition.

    While Tottenham are short on the creative spark in the middle of the park right now, the club would be better suited to bring in a few creators this summer and sell Huddlestone for as much as they can get.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto

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    Benoit Assou-Ekotto's time on the sideline with injury this season has made it clear that the left-back must be replaced this summer.

    In BAE's stead, backup right-back Kyle Naughton and starting center-back Jan Vertonghen filled in adequately and, for most of that period of the season, made it seem as though there was no hole at all.

    To make matters worse, Assou-Ekotto has struggled slightly since his return.

    After some foolish errors in the back and ineffective crossing, BAE actually lost his job to Naughton for a pivotal Europa League clash.

    With the young Zeki Fryers coming up and an in-form Danny Rose coming back from his loan to Sunderland, Assou-Ekotto should be on his way out this summer.

Scott Parker

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    A year after being named Tottenham's Player of the Season and earning a spell as captain of England, Scott Parker could very well be on his way out of White Hart Lane.

    The scrappy midfielder was out for the better part of the first half of the season recovering from injury.

    Over this spell, Parker's replacement, the 24-year-old Sandro, proved to be an upgrade at the position.

    While an injury to Sandro has allowed Parker to reclaim his starting role, the defensive midfielder has failed to impress.

    Parker has struggled to create chances with a final ball, as his pass-completion rate in the final third is just 67 percent. Further, he has been ponderous on the ball, getting caught in two minds far more often than one is used to seeing.

    There are decidedly more cons than pros regarding Parker's contributions to Spurs this season.

    With Sandro hopefully returning fully fit, Moussa Dembele going strong and a potential new signing coming in the midfield this summer, Parker should be waving goodbye to White Hart Lane in August.