Retain or release: Six Tottenham players out of contract this season
After a busy summer, Tottenham Hotspur look well equipped for Jose Mourinho’s first full season in charge.
Following last season’s sixth-place finish, the north Londoners have strengthened in several key areas across the pitch, bringing in a back-up striker for Harry Kane in Carlos Vinicius while adding quality at both left and right-back with Sergio Reguilon and Matt Doherty respectively.
They also managed to bring Gareth Bale back to the club, signing the Welshman on a season-long loan from Real Madrid, seven years after selling him to the Spaniards.
Of course, next summer is likely to be as busy, especially if Spurs fail to meet this season’s targets. With several players into the final year of their contracts, there will be some key decisions made in the boardroom between now and June.
Here are the Tottenham players whose deals run out next summer, according to Football.london.
Once a first-team regular, Rose has seemingly reached the point of no return regarding his Spurs career.
After failing to secure a move away from the club following his loan spell at Newcastle United, Rose has been left out of Mourinho’s Premier League and Europa League squads with Reguilon and Ben Davies ahead of him in the pecking order.
The 29-time England international is still only 30 and has plenty of time to rebuild his career, but as long as Mourinho is at Spurs, he will almost certainly need to do it elsewhere.
Still only 22, Carter-Vickers is currently with his seventh different club in England. Since making four cup appearances during the 2016/17 season for Spurs, the United States international has had loan spells at Sheffield United, Ipswich Town, Stoke City, Swansea City and Luton Town.
Earlier this month, he joined Bournemouth on a season-long deal, but unless that stint on the south coast proves spectacular, a 2021 exit from Spurs seems probable.
Having impressed for Benfica, Fernandes was snapped up on an 18-month loan deal in January, becoming the first signing of the Mourinho era.
Giovani Lo Celso and Steven Bergwijn joined later that month, and while they have made an impression at Spurs, Fernandes has struggled to establish himself in England.
The 21-year-old midfielder is yet to start a league game for Mourinho and will find it difficult to work his way into his manager’s thinking after being left out of the Europa League squad.
With several options in midfield, Fernandes’ return to Benfica next year – assuming Spurs do not cut short his loan – seems like the best option for all parties.
After spending the 2019/20 season on loan at Leyton Orient, it was somewhat surprising that Marsh did not secure another loan move for the current campaign.
Marsh’s solitary senior outing for Spurs came against Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup in January 2019, but there is still time for him to make an impression under Mourinho at the age of 21.
Having signed a two-year deal in 2019, provided Marsh continues his progression with the Spurs under-23s, there is an argument for keeping the youngster at the club.
His relationship with Real Madrid having turned sour, Bale made a sensational return to Spurs earlier this month, joining on a season-long loan.
As per football.londonTottenham correspondent Alasdair Gold, Spurs have the option of keeping the Welshman for longer.
Much of that will depend on whether or not Bale can stay fit this season. The 31-year-old came on as a late substitute in last week’s 3-3 draw with West Ham United, and if he can play and contribute regularly, there is every chance that Mourinho and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will push to prolong the winger’s second coming.
With back-up needed for Kane, Spurs brought in Vinicius, who is fresh off scoring 24 goals for Benfica last season. Tottenham fans are hoping the 25-year-old can make a quicker impact than Fernandes.
The Brazilian, who is expected to start mainly in cup competitions, will have limited opportunities to make enough of an impression to justify Spurs taking up their option to buy him for £40million.
However, if he can replicate the marksmanship that saw him top last season’s Primeira Liga scoring charts, he will make his new club’s decision significantly easier.