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Tottenham gaffer set for summer clearout

What do you make of the current Tottenham squad? They’re a bit of a mixed bag really, there’s the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate, all of whom are top-class players. Then you have Dawson, Chimbonda and Huddlestone, who have all been decent for the club, but are they good enough to help challenge the ‘Big Four’? The Daily Telegraph report that Juande Ramos is ready to be clinical in the summer, when he gets his first real opportunity to shape his Spurs squad.

Paul Robinson will almost certainly leave, given Tottenham’s reported links with other goalkeepers, most notably Carlos Kameni at Espanyol, and the fact that Ramos was prepared to drop Robinson for 10 games after Christmas in favour of Radek Cerny. Robinson will not want to languish on the bench at a time when he is attempting to reclaim his England place.

Spurs will also try and recoup as much as possible of the £16million overspend on Darren Bent, who has not only failed to recapture his Ipswich and Charlton form, but has looked nowhere near capable of disrupting the Keane-Berbatov partnership up front. Pascal Chimbonda will already have seen the writing on the wall with the arrival of Alan Hutton in his favoured right-back position.

While Berbatov and Keane are arguably the best strikeforce in the Premier League, there’s obviously the issue of whether the former will stick around to play UEFA Cup football when there’s Champions League opportunities on the table. It’s set to be a summer of comings and goings at White Hart Lane, although fans will hope a certain Bulgarian’s services are retained.

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