If I were Harry I would… by Lee Iser

If i were Harry I would…………
1)Heurelho Gomes (GK)

A slightly frustrating player at times, can pull off the most amazing saves one minute and let in a sitter the next, has had a mixed season and hasn’t exactly inspired confidence in me never mind the rest of the team/manager. If the reports in the media are correct then selling him back to PSV is the best idea.

Verdict: Sell And Replace With Shay Given Not Brad Friedel


2)Carlo Cudicini (GK)

A top class keeper, in my opinion should have been our number one for the 2nd half of the season. Glad to hear he has signed a 1 year extension. Will provide excellent cover/competition for a new number 1 or could possibly be our number one.

Verdict: Keep


3)Stipe Pletikosa (GK)

On loan and only played one game, cant be to bad if he is Croatia’s number one, however he wont get to much game time at Spurs and I feel Ben Alnwick is a suitable number three. Also he doesn’t seem remotely happy at Spurs and his loan period is up.

Verdict: Send Back To Parent Club


4)Alan Hutton (RB)

An absolute liability at the back most of the time has got into a nasty tendency of tugging opposing players back lately, most of the time the opposing players are in our BOX. Gets forward well and can deliver a half decent cross; however his attitude in the team plays against him. With the emergence of Kyle Walker I think cashing in on him should be considered

Verdict: Sell To Recoup Outlay


5)Younes Kaboul (CB/LB/RB/DM)

I was very skeptical of him in his first spell as Spurs, but his stint at Pompey turned him into excellent player, unfortunately his versatility across the back four means he won’t be an automatic starter. An excellent luxury player who could even cover for our defensive midfielder.

Verdict: Keep


6)William Gallas (CB)

Before he signed all signs pointed to disaster, too old, bad attitude and crossing the North London divide, however Billy has turned into an inspired free transfer. He always gives his heart and soul when he plays and is the experienced head to play alongside Dawson that was needed, downside are his injuries but still worth the gamble for another season.

Verdict: Keep


7)Kyle Walker (RB)

An emerging talent of the highest order, has done wonders at Villa this season earning him an England call up. Will he be happy playing second fiddle to Vedran is another story, however with a little bit of squad rotation he could be brilliant for Spurs next season.

Verdict: Keep


8)Sebastian Bassong (CB)

Undoubtedly a talented player unfortunately has spent more time on the bench than the pitch this season, provides excellent cover to the center backs, but with a player like Kaboul being able to play across the back four and his statement to the press that he is unhappy,im afraid he will move on.

Verdict: Sell Reluctantly


9)Michael Dawson (CB)

Epitomizes everything that is Spurs, plays his heart out every game and gives nothing but 110%,an excellent leader. Prone to the occasional mistake but generally is a solid center back, has only benefited from playing alongside Gallas and King.

Verdict: Keep


10)Vedran Corluka (RB)

An established player for Spurs, what he lacks in pace he certainly makes up for with his positional play and footballing brain, a lot of people criticize his lack of pace on the right, however we have Lennon on the right for that exact reason. His game will only improve knowing that he has the young talent of Walker challenging for his position.

Verdict: Keep


11)Ledley King (CB)

Yes his knees are made of glass, but what a fantastic player and captain. I say we play him till he breaks, fix him, and play him again. A true Spurs legend and a long future with the club even if it’s not on the pitch.

Verdict: Keep


12)Benoit Assou Ekotto (LB)

One of the most improved players of the season if not the most improved player of the season. Many fans dislike like him but I think he is fantastic, solid at the back, links up well with Bale and can deliver a decent cross. One of  the top 3 left backs in the league.

Verdict: Keep


13)Jonathan Woodgate (CB)

Also made of glass but a fantastic player nonetheless, at risk of becoming a Hargreaves and fading into obscurity, looked like he was coming right when he played against Madrid but it wasn’t to be. To talented to be let go for free so as the reports state a pay as you play deal seems fair.

Verdict: Offer a Pay As You Play Deal


14)Gareth Bale (LM)

What can I say that hasn’t already been said about this Simian Wonderkid.Brilliant player with a very bright future (hopefully at the Lane),unfortunately it has become all to prevalent towards the end of the season that opposing teams would rather hack lumps out of him than defend against him, it’s a sad state of affairs but he is going to struggle to finish games and is at risk of more career ending injuries, still wouldn’t trade him for 3 Messi’s and a Ronaldo though.

Verdict: Keep At All Costs


15)David Bentley (RM)

There’s no doubt he is talented but unfortunately his ego over powers that, needs to stop thinking he is the next David Beckham and concentrate on his football, apparently has a poor attitude in training which can’t be good for the team. Thanks for the wonder goal against Arsenal but a new challenge awaits elsewhere for him.

Verdict: Sell


16)Tom Huddlestone (CM)

Thudd has unfortunately missed a substantial part of the season due to injury which hampered our top 4 finish, when he returned it was like he never left, an instrumental midfielder with a range of passing like no other and has an almighty thunderous shot to boot as well.

Verdict: Keep at all costs


17)Aaron Lennon (RM)

An electrifying little winger, his crossing has improved ever so slightly but still not quite at the standard we all hope for. Creates havoc down the right with his pace, I just wish he would take on the opposing defenders a little more often.

Verdict: Keep


18)Jermaine Jenas (CM)

Unfortunately a has been for the Spurs team, doesn’t offer much anymore and is often caught out against superior opposititon,would be a good buy for a team from 10th to 15th in the table but unfortunately just not good enough for Spurs anymore.

Verdict: Sell and replace with Parker


19)Wilson Palacios (DM)

A passionate player who gives his all, unfortunately just hasn’t been the same since the death of his brother. With the emergence of Sandro and an already congested midfield, Wilson is going to struggle for game time next season.

Verdict: Sell


20)Luka Modric (AM)

Was voted as the player of the season by his club, the instrumental cog in the Spurs midfield and if sold Spurs will regress. A creative genius who can is at the heart of nearly all the entertaining football we have played this season. Irreplaceable in my opinion

Verdict: Keep At All Costs


21)Niko Kranjcar (RM)

Very unfortunate circumstances for Niko,scores two winners, three times for his country and yet cant force his way into the team, I believe he should be kept as cover and utilized a lot more next season however he is a brilliant player and deserves regular football at a decent team, so with a heavy heart I feel Spurs should sell him instead of wasting him on the bench and playing him for 3 minutes every other game.

Verdict: Sell Reluctantly


22)Jamie O’Hara (CM)

Looked like a decent prospect when he first broke into the first team, however being left out of the CC final really affected him, his back injury seems pretty serious and with an already loaded midfield will find it hard to break into the 1st team. Seems to have found his level at Wolves.

Verdict: Sell to Wolves


23)Danny Rose

Based on his goal against Arsenal alone Spurs should keep him, has been an excellent filler at left back since BAE’s injury and looks a promising player for the future, Spurs should give him sufficient game time next season and he will develop into a class player. Where to play him will be the biggest problem a natural left sided midfielder but brilliant at left back whereas Bale is a natural left back but a brilliant left sided midfielder.

Verdict: Keep



I still remember the story of Sandro arriving at the airport to travel to the champ’s league qualifier game only to be told he wasn’t on the short list for the competition, a few months later and he was the stand out player against Milan and Madrid, how things can change so dramatically. When I first saw him play I though “here we go again”, Spurs have bought some relative unknown from Brazil and he just wont cut it at this level however he has proved myself and a lot of other doubters wrong, an absolute stalwart in the middle. Still laugh today after his goal against Chelsea and Harry’s reaction

Verdict: Keep


25)Steven Pienaar

Why on earth did we buy him was my initial reaction, we already have to many midfielders at the club, I still somewhat feel that way however there’s no doubting he was a bargain at 3 million and if the squad is trimmed sufficiently he will provide excellent cover across the midfield and he is South African.

Verdict: Keep


26)Rafael Van der Vaart

I heart Van Der Vaart,one of the most skillful players to play at the Lane since Ginola.With a full pre-season under his belt imagine what he is capable of. Yes Spurs have had to alter the way they play to accommodate him but what a fantastic player,im not particularly fond of him storming down the tunnel when substituted but that is a mere blip for an otherwise excellent player.

Verdict: Keep


27)Roman Pavlyuchenko

More erratic than a four year old manning a gattling gun, but by golly when the lad gets it right he is deadly. His goals in the champ’s league and his brace against Birmingham highlight that. I feel he has been under used in the league and has the potential to be a world class striker, unfortunately goes missing in games but more game time next season might rectify that.

Verdict: Keep but reassess at the end of the season.


28)Robbie Keane

Just what exactly did they do to him at Liverpool, they say players returning to old clubs hardly ever works and it seems that may be the case, unfortunately he isn’t what we need at Spurs anymore. A fantastic player in his day and a fantastic club captain. Spurs should do the right thing and sell him to Celtic and let him finish his playing days as a hero.

Verdict: Sell to Celtic


29)Peter Crouch

I have to agree with Harry when he says that Crouch offers something different to a team but that doesn’t necessarily mean smash the ball at his head from all over the park and pray for a decent knock down. The little and big combo was quite successful but I feel Spurs have to evolve and have different options. A difficult choice as I’m in two minds as to whether I would care he if stayed or went.

Verdict: Unsure


30)Giovani Dos Santos

Has fantastic potential, can’t seem to replicate his World Cup form at club level, sell to a club overseas as I can see him being the type of player who will come back to haunt us if stays in the league.

Verdict: Sell To Recoup Outlay


31)Jermain Defoe

Another to return after being sold and they jury is still out on that debate, in all honesty has had a miserable season in part to a relatively serious injury, but his game time to goal ratio just isn’t good enough at this level, carrying on in the media about lack of opportunities etc isn’t going to help him. Someone needs to tell Jermain that he is a striker and if he doesn’t score goals he doesn’t get picked.

Verdict: Keep For Another Season at Most


So out of 31 players Spurs can cut their bloated squad by 11 players and replace 4 of those players at most:


–          Gomes replace with Given

–          Jenas replace with Parker

–          Keane replace with Aguero/Huntelaar/Anelka/Klose/Gameiro etc


Lee Iser


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