Ange Postecoglou has a summer to shape his ideal Tottenham squad and has been told who deserves a chance, and who deserves the chop
Ange Postecoglou has already begun his work in shaping his Tottenham squad in order to re-establish an identy in N17.
James Maddison has made the move south from Leicester, Guglielmo Vicario has traded Florence for London and Dejan Kulusevski’s 18-month loan has been made permanent in the incomings thus far.
With players returning from loans, perhaps for a chance at a fresh start under a new regime, and funds to be raised there is of course the issue of outgoings to be tackled as well. football.london asked Spurs fans which members of the Spurs squad who are linked with moves away should be kept, and which should be sold in order to add to the transfer chest. Over 10,000 Tottenham fans took part and Daniel Levy and Ange Postecoglou have been sent some clear answers from the court of public opinion.
Despite amassing over 360 appearances for the Lilywhites, it seems Eric Dier’s time in north London is at an end. That is according to the response of the numerous fans that took part.Just 21.9% of respondees believe that Dier should be kept at Spurs this summer. Dier has endured a fractous relationship with the Tottenham faithful over the last few years, with the most infamous incident his foray into the stands to confront a supporter directing abuse at him after a dismal FA cup defeat to Norwich in March of 2020.
Despite that, he has at times also been a fan favourite, has his own chant and has been pulling on the famous white shirt for almost a decade, so it is a strong statement that supporters believe his time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium should come to an end.
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As decisive as the figure wanting Dier to be sold may be, it is not as brutal as fellow centre back Davinson Sanchez. Despite great promise, the Colombian has only shown flashes and has more been associated with chaos and calamity than the calmness one needs to be a top Premier League centre-back.Sanchez has played 205 times for Spurs but most fans would seemingly not like to see him step on the the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium pitch again – just 9.9% of keep or sell voters want to see him kept at the club. After showing great promise in his first season, his game has been littered with mistakes in recent years and he has seen sparse game-time to stake a claim for a regular starting spot.
This all came to the fore in April of this year, with Sanchez dropping a disasterclass 23-minute performance at home to Bournemouth. Coming on for an injured Clement Lenglet, the Colombian was at fault for two goals and drew the vicious ire of the Lilywhites faithful as he was booed on every touch before Christian Stellini took mercy and withdrew him to great home cheers. It isn’t a pleasant experience to be booed by opposition fans at the best of times, but the incident with his own fans is seemingly the final nail in the coffin for a 6 year Tottenham career.
There are some players however who did not get the true chance to show their worth under Antonio Conte or Christian Stellini. One of such is Djed Spence, who despite being signed with great expectations from Middlesbrough was not given a look in under the steely Italian. Perhaps then this is the reason that 79.5% of supporters want to see him kept at the club, as he now has the chance to work under an exciting and attacking minded manager to revive his Spurs career.
Similar to Spence is Bryan Gil, who has only managed 31 appearances since signing in the summer of 2021. Despite showing glimpses of growth under Conte in the first half of last season, he wasn’t given the nourishment to blossom and instead sent to Sevilla for a second La Liga loan spell. Despite only joining in January, Gil made 24 appearances for los Rojiblancos and helped propel them from the duldrums of relegation and to an almighty Europa League triumph.
These performances in southern Spain could be why 65.8% of supporters want to see Gil given a chance to bloom under the tutelage of Postecoglou – at just 22 there’s still plenty to extract from the Spaniard.
Despite winning the league with Napoli, there isn’t much appetite for Tanguy Ndombele to be given the chance to resurrect a career in N17, with only 35% wanting the Frenchman to stay at Spurs – and the story is no better for Spurs’ returning loanees
If the summer is to be judged so far, Postecoglou certainly seems to have the trust of Levy in terms of getting his way with transfers. The football.london Spurs fanbase has had its say, what happens in the next few weeks of the window remains to be seen. One thing is for certain, there is no appetite for Harry Kane to be sold despite his contract situation – 82.6% of voters believe the record goalscorer must stay – a shock to no-one.
The full results of keep or sell can be seen below, and make sure to give your thoughts by leaving a comment!