Defenders who should leave Tottenham
Serge Aurier — Contracted until June 30, 2022
Serge Aurier, with interest from Real Madrid and PSG, is as good as gone. He won’t return to Tottenham next season, a blessing, if they find a viable replacement, for the club.
Transfermarkt has him valued at £15 million, a sum Tottenham would be pleased to receive. Spurs bought Aurier for £23 million four years ago. Taking a loss of £8 million feels like a fair depreciation of an asset whose erratic, enigmatic character has turned him into more of a liability. He is as polarizing as the current state of national politics in the UK.
Though I wouldn’t be surprised to see him emulate Kieran Trippier’s success abroad.
Danny Rose — Contracted until June 30, 2021
Danny Rose, who never saw eye-to-eye with Tottenham’s former gaffer, was completely exiled by Jose Mourinho. Rose and Mourinho had a few explosive encounters that eventually led to an unreconcilable relationship. The untenable relationship forced Rose to go out on loan.
Mourinho’s exodus unfortunately won’t provide Rose with another chance at Spurs. He is out of contract in a month, so his long, mostly fruitful career — aside from a tumultuous last year at the club thanks to Mourinho’s bellicose character — will come to an anti-climactic end.
Eric Dier and/or Davinson Sanchez
I’m at a loss for trying to figure out what happened to both Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez. Both centre backs unravelled this season like a slinky going down stairs. Committing more mistakes than the local weatherman, it’s hard to conceive of either rebounding to restore the club’s faith in them.
Though it might be impossible to sell both centre backs. One of the hardest positions to replace, Spurs cannot sell both without first replacing them with experienced, wily, respected marshals. Finding someone that fits the mold is no easy task.
Dier, who is 27 years old, is said to be worth about £20 million on the open market. Sanchez is 24 years old and could be still garner about £26 million. The club, if they cannot offload both, a likely outcome, have a big decision to make. Although forever fluid and constantly changing, Spurs currently would be better served selling Dier, hopefully to Roma so he can reunite with Jose.
As a wily veteran, I’m sure he had a motivational impact on the lads in the locker room. At least I hope he did, as there was no other tangible benefit to signing the past-his-prime keeper. So long Mr. Hart.
His current unofficial market value is a bag of balls. That might be a bit harsh, as Transfermarkt believes Spurs could earn just over a million pounds by unloading him.