Tottenham may be forced to offload players in January

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted the club may be forced to offload players in January.

The North London club have a number of players in their ranks who have been constantly overlooked this season.

Pochettino sympathises with their situations and hopes to help them resolve their discontent by allowing them to leave.

Pochettino: “Time to allow certain players to move on”

Vincent Janssen celebrates after Bournemouth goal

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 15: Vincent Janssen of Totteham Hotspur celebrates scoring his sides fourth goal with his Tottenham Hotspur team mates during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at White Hart Lane on April 15, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

It is understood that Pochettino is referring to players like Vincent Janssen, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Fernando Llorente.

Whilst Janssen is yet to make even a single appearance this season, N’Koudou has appeared just once and Llorente has had a very limited role.

The Argentine manager claims that managing these players for the first half of the season is acceptable.

However, when January arrives it’s time to start reassessing their situations.

Pochettino said:

“Sometimes players who maybe don’t play too much, they need to go and play in another.

“Maybe to keep players that don’t play in the first half of the season, you can manage.

“But players that cannot manage to spend all the season not being important in the team – that is the moment we talked about before, to talk with players that are maybe disappointed because they don’t play too much – maybe the best decision is to send them on loan or to sell some players.

“But that is about when the moment arrives to talk with different players.”

Llorente still important for Tottenham?

SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 25: LLorente Torres #18 of the Tottenham Hotspurscelebrates after scoring a goal against AS Roma during the first half of the International Champions Cup 2018 match at SDCCU Stadium on July 25, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images)

Tottenham performed a Champions League miracle to recover from taking just one point from their first three group stage games.

Pochettino’s side left it late on three occasions to score crucial goals, with Llorente twice being introduced to play in the dying embers.

Against PSV Eindhoven and FC Barcelona, the Spaniard was brought on to offer Spurs a different dimension and on both occasions, he left his mark on the game.

Despite being used sparingly, the importance of having an impact substitute, like Llorente, can be understated at times.

Whilst the 33-year-old will never fit Pochettino’s playing style, his role in Spurs’ side should not be belittled.


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