The Great Tottenham Clearout: Who Should Stay and Who Should Go?
As Spurs’ season draws to an unspectacular close, it is no secret that new boss Juande Ramos is looking to undertake a major squad overhaul.
He has reportedly named his "untouchables," but of the remaining players, which are not up to the task of challenging for the Champions League?
And who should be brought in over the summer months?
It is fairly apparent that Ramos has little faith in either of his two current first-team keepers, with Radek Cerny reportedly off to QPR on a free at the season’s close and Paul Robinson’s indifferent form costing him a place in the Spaniard’s affections.
So, with both set to depart, Ramos should cast an eye over Espanyol’s Carlos Kameni or perhaps Heurelho Gomes. Both have impressed over the last year, with Gomes catching the eye during Tottenham’s UEFA cup defeat to PSV earlier in the year.
Either would provide a good replacement to Robinson and, with both players well under 30, could play at the top level for many years to come.
Should they remain fit, Tottenham’s back four is comparable to many of the top English teams. A defensive line of Hutton, King, Woodgate and Bale would provide a solid foundation for the rest of the team to build on.
However, with long term fitness doubts surrounding both centre backs, more cover is needed as Dawson and Kaboul have committed costly errors over the course of the season.
The young Frenchman is almost definitely out, having publicly lambasted Ramos in an interview this week. His replacement could well be 25 year old Wolfsburg man Alexander Madlung, with reported interest and a £2m buyout clause.
With Luka Modric’s signing already in the bag, the centre of midfield appears to be settled. Lennon’s position is under threat, however, with Ramos reportedly unimpressed with his performances of late and willing to cash in.
However, with top wingers regularly carrying big price-tags, finding an adequate replacement could prove costly.
One of the more sensational rumours emanating from White Hart Lane this week has been the purported swap deal involving Dimitar Berbatov and Samuel Eto’o.
Such a deal would surely be good business for Juande Ramos’ men, as Berbatov’s ongoing petulance and roving eye for major clubs threaten to disrupt the harmony in North London. Despite being one of the "untouchables," Ramos has gone on record stating he would be allowed to leave if the price was right. Eto’o could well be that price.
If I was in Ramos' position, I would look to offload Cerny and bring in someone of Kameni's quality. Kaboul surely has to go as well, with Madlung providing adequate cover for the two centre backs. Berbatov for Eto'o also appears to be sensible business to me.
The manager’s plans could mean an extremely unfamiliar Tottenham XI lining up in August. With Ramos keen to mould a team in his image, the next few months could be extremely interesting for Spurs fans and onlookers alike.
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