With the club making, the official announcement on which players would be retained ahead of the 2013/14 campaign, further too the news we broke regarding the departures of Nathan Bryne and Dean Parrett, in total 15 players have now moved on.
William Gallas leads the exodus, at the expiration of his contract after three seasons with the club making 72 appearances scoring 1 goal and captaining Tottenham on numerous occasions. The former Chelsea and Arsenal center back suffered a lot of criticism towards the end of his time in a spurs shirt about his performances on the pitch, which in defence of the fans had deteriorated, but lets remember William for when he captained us for the first time against his former club Arsenal at the Emirates in a famous 3–2 Tottenham victory, Spurs’ first league victory at Arsenal since 1993. Gallas was superb in the UEFA Champions League and gave us some much needed experience in the tournament in the knockout stages he put in two commanding performances against A.C. Milan to set up a quarter-final tie against Real Madrid in the club’s first attempt in the competition. Since leaving the club William has been linked with a host of MLS clubs, we wish William the best of luck in the future.
David Bentley, the worst signing in an economic sense the club has ever made, £15 Million, and to leave on a free its terrible business, the sort of business Manchester City would be proud of, David was a character and a life long spurs fan, but we never actually needed him, already having Aaron Lennon, failed Loan spells, at Birmingham City, West Ham, FC Rostov and a return to Blackburn Rovers never materialised into the permanent move away from the Lane he needed. During the successful 2009/10 campaign when we finished 4th, David did come in and play a part, when Lennon was injured making 24 appearances scoring 4 times and providing 6 assists.
David will be best remembered for two incidents which could have defined his Spurs career, His 40 yard thunderbolt to open the scoring for us at his former club Arsenal in the dramatic 4-4 draw, and the other David being the main culprit of the drenching of former manager Harry Redknapp, celebrating after the victory over Manchester City, which secured 4th position. David has acknowledged in interviews since, that Redknapp didn’t speak to him at all after the incident. Since his release David has been linked with West Ham, Stoke City, and a return to Blackburn.
John Bostock the wonder kid that never was, The 700k tribunal fee, we had to pay for him must seem like a great bit of business by Simon Jordan now, It never worked out for John at spurs, and he has been paid up a year early on his deal that actually expired in 2014, John who has been described as deeply religious, has options following his release, including Belgium second division side FC Antwerp, Notts County and Swindon.
Jack Barthram a surprise release to many Spurs supporters, has penned a two year deal at Swindon, the young right back has lots of great attributes, and was superb for our U21 team last season we wish Jack all the best and im sure we will see him in the prem again soon.
Jack Munns, a young attacking midfielder who scored some vital goals for our u21s last season was released at the end of his contract, Munns has previously been on trial at Birmingham City, but since news on his future has gone quiet, from his performances with the u21 set up im sure he will find a league 1 or 2 club prepared to give him a chance, to climb back up the football pyramid.
Jake Nicholson, better known to many fans for his affair with Katie Price made only one appearance for us as a second half substitute against Hearts in the Europa League. Nicholson has also been released after many years at the club, the English central midfielder is a tidy player and is currently on trial at Premier League new boys Crystal Palace.
William Ekong the 6ft 2 Dutch center half is training with FC Gronigen in his homeland of Holland, the tough tackling defender is trying to win a deal to move back to the Netherlands, talks are ongoing.
Youngsters – Victor Zapata Caicedo who has been on trial at Sunderland and Ipswich, Samuel Smith, Thomas Gardiner on trial at ipswich, Oliver Modeste, Mason Bush and young goal keeper Billy Grainger have all been released and will be on the look out for new clubs.