Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The off-season: Tottenham Hotspurs

We knew Ramos will do a clearout of some of the players in his squad. It is surprising that only a few players have left so far, with Cerny only the one that springs to mind. By August most of the peripheral players and even some stars will have left White Hart Lane with new players joining in.

GK: Paul Robinson, Ben Alnwick, Heurelho Gomes

With Robinson culpable of many mistakes last season, Ramos needed a more reliable goalkeeper. In stepped Gomes Gomez from PSV but will he be enough to propel Spurs to a top four finish?

RB: Alan Hutton, Pascal Chimbonda, Paul Stalteri, Chris Gunter

We all know Chimbonda is an arse and wants to leave to greener (i.e. richer) pastures. With Stalteri also likely to go, it will lave Hutton and Gunter fighting out for the number two shirt.

LB: Gareth Bale, Gilberto, Lee Young-Pyo, Benoit Assou-Ekotto

With far too many inadequate left backs, surely a few must leave during this summer. Players from the former regime such as Lee & Assou-Ekotto are set to depart White Hart Lane whilst Gilberto may stick around for another season. Ramos will want to use Bale more in his most ideal position of left-back

CB: Ledley King, Jonathan Woodgate, Michael Dawson, Ricardo Rocha, Younes Kaboul, Anthony Gardner

There have been rumours of King leaving Spurs this summer due to his constant injury plights but it will be difficult to replace his quality. More likely to go are Rocha, Kaboul (who maybe going to Portsmouth) and Gardner. That leaves a slot free to fill.

WG: Aaron Lennon, Steed Malbranque, Teemo Tainio

This is where Ramos might consider investing a lot of time and money in. He really doesn't have many natural wingers. Malbranque and Tainio are wide attacking midfielders, leaving only Lennon as the only out and out winger. He may consider playing Modric or dos Santos in the wide areas though.

CM: Didier Zokora, Jermaine Jenas, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Adel Taarabt, Tom Huddlestone, Jamie O'Hara, Luka Modric, Hossam Ghaly

We all know Ghaly was expected to leave and maybe followed by Boateng but I'm surprised that O'Hara and Taarabt might be on their way. They are both technically gifted playmakers who will do well in any Premier League team. That said there are far too many midfielders at Tottenham and to make room some have to go.

FW: Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane, Darren Bent, Giovani dos Santos

Even though Bent was worthless last year, it will be difficult for Spurs to shift him to any other team if they want to recoup any of the 16 million pounds they paid for him last summer. But they did get a good bargain on dos Santos, For just 5 million pounds, he has got to be bargain of the season already.


In: 1 x Right-back, 1 x Centre-back, 1 x Winger
Out: Robinson, Chimbonda, Stalteri, Lee, Assou-Ekotto, Rocha, Kaboul, Gardner, Tainio, Boateng, Taarabt, O'Hara, Ghaly

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