Nine Tottenham Hotspur players that could leave this summer as Ange Postecoglou takes charge

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There are a number of questions over the future of several Spurs players ahead of Postecoglou’s first season in charge.

Some big decisions lie in wait for new Tottenham Hotspur manager Ange Postecoglou as he prepares for a first season in the Premier League.

The Australian boss enjoyed a productive spell in the Scottish Premiership and heads to north London on the back of leading Celtic to a historic domestic treble. Life with Spurs will present plenty of challenges for Postecoglou as he aims to carry his success into life in the Premier League.

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He will hope to put his own stamp on the squad he inherited and talks are believed to be ongoing with a number of potential additions. But the new Spurs manager will also have to make decisions on several current members of his squad and there are players that look to be heading towards the exit over the coming weeks and months.

Hugo Lloris

The France international has been at Spurs since for a decade now and it seems a departure during the summer is becoming increasingly inevitable.

Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur gives the team instructions during the Premier League (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur gives the team instructions during the Premier League (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur gives the team instructions during the Premier League (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Lloris will enter the final 12 months of his current deal next month and there is speculation suggesting Ange Postecogolu is making progress over a move for Empoli stopper Guglielmo Vicario after becoming frustrated in attempts to sign Brentford number one David Raya.

Lloris has been a fine servant to Spurs but there is a feeling his time in north London is coming to a close and a number of Saudi Arabian clubs are said to be showing an interest in his signature.

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Tanguy Ndombele

There was much excitement when Spurs brought in Ndombele in a deal worth around £55m during the summer of 2019 - but despite some early promise, the midfielder has failed to live up to the hype with a rather underwhelming stay in north London.

Such is the disappointment over Ndombele’s performances, he has been sent on loan to former club Lyon and Italian giants Napoli over the last two seasons and it seems unlikely he will be handed another chance to impress under new Spurs manager Postecoglou.

Spurs will want to recoup some of the money they paid out for Ndombele four years ago but they will have to expect to take a large hit.

Bryan Gil

There was some surprise when Gil was allowed to return to former club Sevilla on loan in January after he appeared in a home defeat against Aston Villa and an impressive win at Crystal Palace in the week before his temporary move back to Spain.

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Tottenham Hotspur's Bryan Gil (centre) battles with Preston North End's Daniel Johnson (right) during the Emirates FA Cup fourth round match at Deepdale Stadium, Preston. Picture date: Saturday January 28, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Preston. Photo credit should read: Tim Goode/PA Wire.

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Gil has since helped Sevilla preserve their La Liga status with some impressive performances and was part of the side that claimed the Europa League with a penalty shoot-out win over a Roma side managed by former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho. Whether a permanent move to Sevilla is on the cards remains to be seen but it seems unlikely Gil will return to Spurs this summer.

Giovani Lo Celso

Another Spurs player farmed out on loan last season, Lo Celso still has two years left on his current contract after spending the last 18 months with La Liga club Villarreal. Injuries have limited the impact he has made during his time back in Spain but there have been some suggestions other La Liga clubs are willing to offer him a permanent route out of Spurs.

Harry Winks

The midfielder has slipped down the pecking order at Tottenham Hotspur.The midfielder has slipped down the pecking order at Tottenham Hotspur.
The midfielder has slipped down the pecking order at Tottenham Hotspur.

Winks will enter the final 12 months of his current contract this summer after making 20 appearances during a loan spell at Serie A club Sampdoria. The England international overcame an ankle injury before becoming a regular part of a Samp side that ended the season at the bottom of the table and will spend the summer preparing for life in Italy’s second tier.

The relegation looks to have scuppered any hopes of a permanent move to Italy for Winks but there are believed to be several clubs in England that are keen to secure his services over the coming weeks and months.

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Sergio Reguilon

There was much fanfare when Spurs landed Reguilon in a £25m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in September 2020.

The Spain international put in some promising performances but struggled to find consistency and returned to his homeland on loan last summer when he joined Atletico Madrid. However, his time in the Spanish capital has been underwhelming to say the least after he made just 12 appearances in all competitions for Diego Simeone’s side.

Postecoglou is known to like his full-backs to form a key part of his side’s attacking play - but it could be a stretch to suggest Reguilon will get a chance to show the Aussie what he can do.

Djed Spence

Spence always seemed a curious signing after joining Spurs from Middlesbrough in a £12m deal last summer.

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However, speculation over the circumstances of his signing and who was the driving force behind it clouded his time in north London. The England Under-21 star spent the second half of last season at Rennes and made just ten appearances for the Ligue 1 club. Spurs have other options on the right-hand side of their defence and it would not be a shock if the attacking full-back was allowed to leave the club this summer.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

The Danish international has been a shrewd addition for Spurs and has been a solid presence in midfield throughout his three-year stay in north London.

However, there is increasing speculation suggesting Hojbjerg’s time with the club is drawing to a close and La Liga giants Atletico Madrid are said to be in talks over a deal to take the midfielder to the Spanish capital. There are ‘ongoing contacts’ between all parties involved according to TuttoMercatoWeb and Hojbjerg is said to be a ‘favourite’ when it comes to Diego Simeone’s attempts to boost his midfield options.

Harry Kane

We probably should have got the elephant out of the room at the start of this piece but views on Harry Kane’s future at Spurs are wide-ranging.

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Romeo Lavia challenges Harry Kane for the ballRomeo Lavia challenges Harry Kane for the ball
Romeo Lavia challenges Harry Kane for the ball | Getty Images

Some believe a move to Manchester United or Bayern Munich is in the works but others insist the England captain will see out the final year of his deal and depart on what would be a lucrative free transfer move next summer.

This transfer window provides Daniel Levy with a major decision to make as it will be one of only two remaining opportunities to make some money on Kane and allow Postecoglou to boost his transfer kitty. However, the new Spurs boss may well try and retain the services of Kane and prove his worth to the Spurs legend in the hope he can persuade the striker to extend his time with the club.

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