The close season is an important time for Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas. Thus far, he has been mentioned in the headlines as a possible replacement for Carlo Ancelotti as Paris Saint-Germain boss, but these fears have since been quelled following the appointment of Laurent Blanc at the Parc Des Princes.
Now with his full focus on Spurs, if this was ever in doubt anyway, the time has come for AVB to start seriously considering who will make the cut for the new season.
The signing of Brazilian midfielder Paulinho which is imminently set to be announced officially is certainly a step in the right direction, and the fact Gareth Bale seems certain to stay for at least another season is without a doubt the best news the club could have hoped for all summer.
Now the task facing the former Chelsea manager is deciding which areas need further strengthening, and which players are now surplus to requirements.
Tottenham came within inches of gaining Champions League football from their North London arch-rivals Arsenal last season, and this time around there can be no near misses.
Villas-Boas has stated before he believes his side are just two top class players short of being title challengers. If that is to be the case, he is going to need to shift a lot of the deadwood.
Here we have identified five players in the current Tottenham squad, that Villas-Boas should consider ditching this summer.