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Following Younes Kaboul`s red card on Saturday, it is highly possible that we will never see him in a Tottenham shirt again

With his contract expiring this summer, and as yet no confirmation that he wants to stay or perhaps even be wanted, it wouldn`t be a shock to see Kaboul leave for a big money move and leave Spurs with one less central defender or perhaps one less problem to solve between now and August.

Though Kaboul has played regularly in recent times, I am guessing the club still have reservations over his long term fitness, whilst if there is a genuine concern, can you blame the player for looking for the biggest financial offer to secure his long term future.

Spurs won`t want to be caught out with a player on a long term contract and see him suffer months of inactivity, so I`m guessing this isn`t a simple negotiation, as the player will obviously want a career defining contract and long term security, whilst the club won`t want to be lumbered.

One problem Spurs have is that defensively they are in a mess. Kaboul is a free agent, Dawson looks a declining force, Vertonghen doesn`t look like he wants to be here and Chiriches still has to convince. Add Naughton, Rose and Fryers to those four and you have to question whether any of them really have a long term future with us.

Does this uncertainty actually save the careers of players such as Dawson, for the short term at least? It would be a massive gamble to dump all the under performing or unhappy players whoever is in charge and at least in the majority of those, they are decent cover, if not must have first picks. Kaboul however now has his future in his open hands and may he consider that moving for bigger money and/or a slightly less demanding league a sensible move for him?

The fact he was recently given the armband, gave me a hint that he was still wanted by Spurs, but equally have his performances and leadership since his return made him a player we feel we have to fight to keep? I suppose without hearing his thoughts, seeing his work in training and also considering his desire and attitude, it is impossible for us on the outside to judge.

The idea of our losing nearly all of our back line, perhaps including our keeper(s) isn`t something I like the thought of, even though there isn`t a single player, Lloris aside that I would shed a tear over his departure. Kaboul might well decide he needs to move, whilst Spurs might not be trying their damnedest to keep him, but his staying or leaving will also, I assume have an effect of who else stays and goes in our back line...

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Date:Monday May 5 2014

Time: 11:26AM


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