Firesale at Spurs: AVB Right to Auction off Underperforming Squad Players

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterJune 14, 2013

WIGAN, ENGLAND - APRIL 27:  Andre Villas-Boas the Tottenham Hotspur manager reacts on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur at the DW Stadium on April 27, 2013 in Wigan, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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According to Jamie Sanderson of Metro, Andre Villas-Boas has put an astonishing 10 players up for sale at White Hart Lane as he tries to build a UEFA Champions League-chasing squad.

While that number may feel a little excessive, the fact remains it's a very strong signal to those who simply failed to perform throughout the 2012-13 season.

The truth is, a lack of serious options off the bench once a key player had gone down cost the Lilywhites Champions League competition for 2013-14.

Specifically, when Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon ducked out late on due to injury, AVB had no player capable of replacing them.

Mousa Dembele was a superlative presence for the Londoners all season, but no other midfield man was able to step in and provide what he did when the games came thick and fast.

It should come as no surprise, if your name is Jermain Defoe, Tom Huddlestone or Scott Parker, to see that AVB would be happy to let you go, if the price is right.

Parker failed to impress this season, stepping in after Sandro's injury but irritating the Spurs faithful with countless sideways passes and zero goal threat.

Huddlestone played well on occasion but rarely seemed inspired, while Defoe is hit-and-miss. Darren Lewis of Mirror Football has already linked him in a player-plus-cash bid for Christian Benteke.

A lack of depth, or lack of ability among the bench players when given the chance to perform, cost the club a great chance to overtake a flailing Arsenal one season removed from Robin van Persie.

The drop in quality between the starting XI and the bench is arguably more drastic than any other English Premier League club. This is the issue AVB has identified to Daniel Levy; the issue that, if fixed, will ensure Spurs challenge for Champions League football on a more consistent platform.

As stated, 10 players up for sale is a bit excessive, but it sends one hell of a message to the players and the fans.

Hannah Duncan of Metro has wasted no time in identifying the next potential target for Spurs: Paulinho of Corinthians. On face value, he's a positive step for the club.

James Dickenson of The Express believes Leandro Damiao is close to signing, while Nick Harris of The London Evening Standard suggests the Lilywhites are in contention for Bernard. 

Ridding themselves of the wages Parker, Defoe and company earn will be tough work—just ask Liverpool and Aston Villa—but it's the right thing to do.

Squad players at Spurs be warned!