EPL: Will Competition For Places Be Tottenham Hotspur's Downfall This Season?

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EPL: Will Competition For Places Be Tottenham Hotspur's Downfall This Season?
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''Gomes praises unity'', ran the headline of an article recently published on Tottenham Hotspur's official website.

The Brazilian goalkeeper, excited about the prospect of competing in European football's premier competition as well as the Premier League this season, praised the ''unity'' of the squad, suggesting that ''anything and everything is possible'' this season.

Although most Tottenham fans, management and players will share this enthusiasm - despite recent injury setbacks to England trio Michael Dawson, Jermain Defoe and Johnathan Woodgate and a shock league defeat at home to Wigan Athletic - will the concern and discontent expressed by marginalised full-back Alan Hutton spread to undermine chairman Daniel Levy's shrewd business off the pitch, Harry Redknapp's training ground preparation and the players' triumphs on the field?

Hutton, a £9 million signing from Scottish club Glasgow Rangers, has expressed his frustration that no transfer away from White Hart Lane materialised over the summer. He is just one of a handful of expensive players warming the bench these days at White Hart Lane, players that the club will struggle to offload at an asking price which represents a decent return on investment.

Is Harry Redknapp canny enough to keep all of his talented squad together and in good spirits in order to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title? 

In this slideshow, I take a look at five players who may not be too happy to play bit-part roles in Tottenham's adventure this season. 

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