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Which Tottenham Players Would You Put On The Transfer List?


With Tottenham Hotspur experiencing their worst start to a season since 1912, it’s time for desperate measures at White Hart Lane. If you were in charge of the club, which players would you put on the transfer list, which personnel would you sack and who would you keep?

Here are my picks:

Sack them:

  • Daniel Levy, chairman,
  • Damien Comolli, sporting director,
  • Juande Ramos, manager.

Put them on the transfer list:

  • Jermaine Jenas, vice-captain,
  • Gilberto,
  • David Bentley,
  • Darren Bent,
  • Didier Zokora,
  • Michael Dawson,
  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto,
  • Hossam Ghaly.

Jury is still out:

  • Luka Modric,
  • Heurelho Gomes,
  • Giovani Dos Santos,
  • Roman Pavlyuchenko,
  • Aaron Lennon,
  • Fraizer Campbell.

Keep them:

  • Gus Poyet, assistant manager,
  • Gareth Bale,
  • Jonathan Woodgate,
  • Chris Gunter,
  • Alan Hutton,
  • Tom Huddlestone,
  • Vedran Corluka,
  • Jamie O’Hara,
  • Ledley King.

The sad truth is that the current Spurs squad isn’t good enough. The club has no leaders. The players they bought in the summer need time to adjust, and the team has lost its attacking dynamo of Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov.

That, coupled with a manager who is too incompetent to inspire his players or get them playing together as a cohesive unit, is a recipe for disaster.

What do you think? If you were in charge of Spurs, who would you sack, who would you put on the transfer list and who would you keep? Share your ideas by clicking the comments link below.

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  1. The Norse force

    October 7, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Chairman: Daniel Levy
    Sporting Director: Terry Venables
    Manager: Roy Keane
    Ass Manager: Teddy Sheringham

    Keepers: Gomes

    Defenders: Dawson
    Zokora(as a rightback, not as a midfielder!!)
    Mattock(New from Leicester City)

    Midfielders: O'Hara
    Marney(New from Hull, should never sold him in the first place!)
    Dos Santos
    Arshavin(New from Zenit)

    Forwards: Ashton(New from West Ham)

    Players in: Mattock

    Players out: Ghaly

    Staff in: Venables

    Staff out: Commoli
    Ramos(Plays Zokora as a cm every game, that says it all!!)

  2. DoublePivot

    October 7, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Honestly, there is not many I would keep. If it wasn't suicide, I'd get rid of the board, the owner, the manager, the DoF, any scout. I would even like to see the end of King as his constant need for a day off doesn't help. Keep Woodgate and Gio from the first team. Clive Allen can stay. Some of the reserves and the academy would survive.

    However to be fair, none of the players will be with us when we are in the Coca-Cola.

  3. spurs_fan_intheLBC

    October 7, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Comolli must go and go now. The decline started with the exit of Frank Arnesen and the appointment of Comolli.
    Jol and Spurs needing a DM and what does Comolli do, buys Bent for a ludicrus sum.
    Levy has shown he is willing to spend the money, and who is going to replace Ramos? The porblem is personel right now and Comolli not getting the right players or working with Ramos to get him what he needs.

  4. Burt Reynolds

    October 7, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Jenas is the first name that came to my mind too. If anybody, get rid of him.

  5. George

    October 7, 2008 at 10:22 am


  6. George

    October 7, 2008 at 10:16 am

    First and foremost jenas as he is utterly useless.Dawson ….lost it…..Zokora …not good enough .Lennon…a winger who can't cross a ball if he's life was on it.Let's stop showing an interest in these championship players or we may end up there and bid for some world class stars for once

  7. timmyg

    October 7, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Is it me, or when anyone else looks at the club's roster you think to yourself:

    “Wait, they're still on the team??”

    Because thats always a recipe for disaster.

  8. Matt

    October 7, 2008 at 7:29 am

    Im a Liverpool fan but this is the worst blog ever made on EPL Talk. Really.

    Sell Bentley after a handful of games (half of which hes been played out of position). Honest to god, its a good job people like you dont make real managers.

  9. jacko

    October 7, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Ludicrous article. That said, the long term strategy at Spurs needs to be guided by not aspiring to have any player on their books who is not respected and coveted by at least one of the top six clubs. If that is not the case we cannot aspire to be a top four club.

  10. Gavo

    October 7, 2008 at 6:20 am

    as much as it pains me JM1 I agree.

  11. Gavo

    October 7, 2008 at 6:11 am

    Luka Modric – not strong enough for premiership
    Ekotto – never impressed
    Jenas – only played 1 good game in life!
    Ghaly – not technical enough

    Bent – shows good form when we are attacking but needs more support
    Dawson – has his moments but can warm the bench
    Bentley – was a rush decision to buy him, he has qualities but needs to be played in the same position.

    My team line up as it stands should be:

    Gunter Woodgate King Bale

    Bentley Zokora/O'hara Corluka

    Dos Santos

    campbell Bent

  12. jm1

    October 7, 2008 at 6:01 am

    Full disclosure – I am an Arsenal fan. I do, however, think that this is too knee-jerk of a reaction to a few games.

    The important quote is a bit later in the essay, when the Gaffer rightly notes that “the players need time to adjust.” Not only do they have to adjust to the new league, but they have to mold into a team that does not exist. Say Arsenal sign a player, that player will slide into an established system, with a clearly defined role and surrounded by players who know their roles as well. With so many new players, Spurs have to build up both individual roles, as well as team cohesion.

    As such, for many of the players it is simply too early to decide whether they should stay or not. If, over a larger sample of games the team has still not found any cohesion, then you will want to start looking for the root problems. In the meantime, it is too difficult to say whether it is a failure of tactics, of inspiration, of player capability or merely that things have not yet come together. I might also add that most of the nonsense pundits peddle about team heart is usually just the appearance of lackluster football, lacking as it is a window into the hearts of men.

    A similar thing goes for Ramos. He has been brought in to change the makeup of the team, to build it into his team. He goes as his team goes. It is irresponsible management to bring someone in, ask them to remake the organization, and then remove them at the first sign of it going poorly. It forces you to bring in a new manager, one who may be uncomfortable with the Ramos team as constructed, and who will once again throw it into turmoil. Spurs need constancy at the managerial spot, at least through the year. If at that point the team is still failing to achieve, then his position should be re-evaluated.

    That is not to say I do not think he is making mistakes. Jenas forcing Modric out to the left seems to me to be a problem. And I've never been impressed with the work Comolli has done.

  13. bergkamp

    October 7, 2008 at 6:01 am

    poor post im afraid

  14. Joe

    October 7, 2008 at 5:49 am

    I hate having to always add comments to these forums, so i'll just add who i think should leave and stay.

    Well to go, i think Stalteri, Ghaly, Prince-Boateng, Daniels, Barcham all off the wage bill as they really don't have a future. I've excluded Taarabt because i like to think he has a future, although maybe its not under Ramos, but the boy clearly has potential.

    Others out: Gilberto (poor signing anyway), Dawson (Needed but if we can get a replacement then wouldn't be too dissapointed, poor last 18 months, and would settle for a deal maybe 6-7m +) Jenas(hasn't got the consistency and again if we get 10m it would be a good deal and free a space for Modric to play more freely)
    Huddlestone (too slow, not progressing enough and again 5-6m would be a good fee)

    Zokora should stay, as we have limited defensive midfielder, although we do have O'Hara, Zokora regularly makes decent blocks and tackles, and runs despite his distribution being poor.

    The rest of the squad should stay: Hopeful of adding a few more players in January, i think a Centre Back would be ideal, personally i like the Russian player Kolodin or Metzelder who barely figures at Real Madrid. I would like to see a DM come in but don't see it happening, and again a striker would be great. Edison Cavani from Palermo or Huntelaar would be my choices if possible.

  15. Patrick

    October 7, 2008 at 5:47 am

    don't change a thing. I'm quite pleased with the current state of Spuds.


    October 7, 2008 at 5:41 am

    i think is the great teams but u got a shite start.
    you sold you good players and now you are in deep shite , but dont worry zorkora think you steel finish on a top 4 GOOD LUCK.WATCH THE GOONER

  17. BelfSpur

    October 7, 2008 at 5:29 am

    Why is everyone saying sack Levy too???

    He's transformed Spurs since he's been in and I really think he's trying to take us to the next level. His biggest problem in doing that which I'm sure he now realises is the FANS!!!

    Who wasn't happy when Ramos signed?
    Who wasn't happy when Gus signed?
    Who wasn't happy when Levy challenged Ferguson over Berbatov?
    He's pushing for us to be taken seriously and articles like this just play into the hands of the press who lets face need stories.

    Give it a break please!

  18. yiddo4life

    October 7, 2008 at 5:17 am

    Agree with most of your list but i hate to say this but i would be shot of Ledley King as well now- our back line suffers with the constant in and out we do with him in the team. We shouldnt have to accomodate him for a few select games, his knees are shot so we have to face facts.
    Still not sure bout Huddlestone at moment and id like to see Bentley given a run in the 1st team for 10 games or so before i condem him to the scrap heap!

    ZORKORA and JENAS out!!!!!!!!!!! Are we Spurs fans the only people who can see they are shite?!

  19. BelfSpur

    October 7, 2008 at 5:15 am

    Rubbish, so sell Bentley and the “jurys still out” on Gomes, Modric & Dos Santos. How about give them all a chance as I'm sure you were happy enough when the news came through we'd signed them.

    Please support another team (you might already as this is pointless) because you are giving Spurs fans a bad name.

  20. Manchester Yid

    October 7, 2008 at 5:13 am

    I'd sack Comolli for being a dick and not replacing the players that left with better ones.

    Levy needs to hold his hands up and admit to making a mistake in appointing Comolli in the first place but he is going to rectify this immediately and give Ramos full control of team affairs which will also include transfers. Good business man has turned Spurs around and he loves the club, we always get a good price for the players we sell (somehow) and seem to be able to bring players in for less than their market value so he must be doing something right.

    Ramos has suffered from Comolli's lack of vision and I feel he should be given more time. He does need to accept that playing one up front is not the formation the squad was built for so he should revert to 4-4-2 and play to the squads strength.

    I'd transfer list Jenas and strip him of the vice-captaincy as he is the most over rated player in the premiership. Also BAE and Zokora (who plays his heart out but is basically not good enough for the PL). I'd probably sell Bent too but only after we've got 2 more quality strikers like Podolski or Milito. Good strikers should be able to play with anybody and I blame the current system for Bent & Pav failing to gel.

    With the exception of those who are already listed and have been told to find new clubs I'd keep the rest. Most of them are just off form at the moment and lacking in confidence. We need a bit of luck to go our way and grind out a couple of results to restore the confidence. We also need to pretty much right off King Ledley as we need consistency at the back and he can't provide it.

  21. Spurs fan from far east

    October 7, 2008 at 5:12 am

    I think it's no need to sack Levy and Ramos;) Get rid off Comolli and first of all I would sack Jenas, Zokora and Dawson. We just need High level striker, very good DM and CB, and we would be a perfect team;) Cheers! In Ramos I trust!

  22. Scorpion

    October 7, 2008 at 4:59 am

    We should sack you instead. You and your ilk are part of the problem because you seem to love constant turmoil. Leave the squad alone and let Ramos make a team out them. We have played 10 games this season ffs. Stop moaning and demanding change constantly.

  23. Paul

    October 7, 2008 at 4:59 am

    idiot, did you dad help you write that? thought not.

  24. s4l1989

    October 7, 2008 at 4:51 am

    you have no idea what your talking about you f**king idiot

  25. Stuart Walters

    October 7, 2008 at 4:47 am

    You dont have the right to call yourself a spurs fan after this utter crap!!

  26. Jonsey

    October 7, 2008 at 4:47 am

    I agree on a few but i think that list is very narrow-minded!

    Bently will be class if we play him in position, Zakora and Dawson good squad players and as for Lennon he has trouble crossing the road but is a danger going forward until he falls over and sits there having a TANTRUM. Get up and chase u LAZY GIT!!!

    I think Gomes needs to learn to catch the ball as all his good saves have follwed shocking mistakes and put Bent and Campbell up front! give it a go nothing left to lose now!!!

    Woodgate for Captain i think King would understand as we need a player week in and week out on the field

    My final rant is get Bale to “”STOP PLAYING WITH HIS HAIR” your a footballer not a hairdresser!


  27. Jonsey

    October 7, 2008 at 4:46 am

    I agree on a few but i think that list is very narrow-minded!

    Bently will be class if we play him in position, Zakora and Dawson good squad players and as for Lennon he has trouble crossing the road but is a danger going forward until he falls over and sits there having a TANTRUM. Get up and chase u LAZY GIT!!!

    I think Gomes needs to learn to catch the ball as all his good saves have follwed shocking mistakes and put Bent and Campbell up front! give it a go nothing left to lose now!!!

    Woodgate for Captain i think King would understand as we need a player week in and week out on the field

    My final rant is get Bale to “”STOP PLAYING WITH HIS HAIR” your a footballer not a hairdresser!


  28. Ted

    October 7, 2008 at 4:41 am

    i'd stop paying them till they won a league game….if you dont perform in the sales world you dont get paid, how many tickets are they going to sell as the team keeps losing…less and less is the answer…be harsh Levy, about time…and get rid of the Frog, he's pants.

  29. Alan

    October 7, 2008 at 4:35 am

    Zakora – worst but of Summer dealings was to extend his contract
    Lennon – hasn't improved one iota since he joined, quick but a one trick pony
    Jenas – Useless, useless, useless
    Dawson – showed great initial promise, but has definitely showed too many flaws in the last 18 months
    Bent – more useless that Jenas

    Personally I would give either try Gunter or maybe Prince-Boateng a go as defensive midfield – the latter was German u/21 player of the year not so long ago, so he doesn't become rubbish overnight

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