White Hart Lane boss ready to conduct cull.
Andre Villas-Boas will start his Tottenham cull this week after finalising a list players he deems surplus to requirements.
The Portuguese manager wanted to give each member of the Spurs squad a chance to prove themselves during the opening few weeks of his White Hart Lane reign.
Tottenham returned from their three-match US tour on Tuesday before beating Championship side Watford 1-0 in a pre-season friendly on Sunday.
And Villas-Boas has now decided which players he feels have no future at the club under his leadership.
The former Chelsea manager will inform the squad members who will be allowed to leave White Hart Lane ahead of the new season in a series of private meetings, which are understood to be planned for this week.
David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas, Sebastien Bassong, William Gallas and Kyle Naughton are all expected to be told they can leave this summer, while a number of the club’s youngsters will be made available for loan.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has had time to run the rule over his White Hart Lane charges and is now looking to clear the way for possible new arrivals having already snapped up Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson and defender Jan Vertonghen.
Of the five players mentioned perhaps the biggest surprises come in the form of veteran William Gallas and young full back Kyle Naughton.
Former Arsenal and Chelsea man Gallas has had injury issues leading to the 34 year old making just 15 Premier League starts last term, indeed Vertonghen’s arrival could be an attempt by Villas-Boas to bring in further defensive options. Ledley King has been released and Michael Dawson has had his fair share of injury concerns, this has been countered to an extent by the rise to prominence of Younes Kaboul who has gone from strength to strength.
Kyle Naughton hasn’t had much of a look in since he moved to the North London club in 2009, making just one Premier League appearance for Tottenham, but the full-back did impress on loan at Norwich City last season so could perhaps be a target for Chris Hughton this summer.
David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas and Sebastien Bassong have struggled for form, both at their parent clubs but also when out on loan and the trio will probably not expect to be playing much of a part in first team action this term and would therefore probably be keen for a new start elsewhere.
Whether these five successfully find new clubs will depend greatly on just how much Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy believes he can make from their sales. Spurs spent upwards of £30m to land this quintet but would be lucky to recoup a fraction of that total this summer.
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