Vlad Chiriches agent is trying ti get him a move to Italy, Michael Dawson is wanted by clubs but its proving difficult to move him on, unsurprisingly as it involves a step down and Younes Kaboul didn't show any sort of form at all last year.
It's a major weakness that needs two new recruits, of the clubs targets, one has a broken leg and another is believed to have already agreed a deal with us. Part of that deal for the youngster will no doubt include a guarantee of a set number of games.
Arsenal have just signed Calum Chambers from Southampton with the promise of 20 games next season, it's quite common practice. However until we move out a centre-half we can't bring one in and give him any game time. Three of our centre-backs are non-home grown and will therefore have to be in the Premier League squad. We will be paying their wages so we'll have to play them leaving any new signing twiddling their thumbs as things stand at the moment.
For now we have to play with what we have and Michael Dawson looks no nearer the exit door than he did at the start of the summer transfer window. He was fully involved in the North American tour and thoroughly enjoyed it.
“I said before the Tour that North America is a great place to go and it was fantastic again. We’ve a massive following in the States and Canada and you could see that in Seattle, Toronto and Chicago. The support was incredible, not least the noise from the fans in Chicago on Saturday!
“It’s been entertaining to see different places. Fish throwing in Seattle was a new experience for me and I managed to catch one!
“We’ve had two wins and draw but it’s not about the results, it’s about our fitness and working to the new system the gaffer wants to play. Overall it’s been what you’d expect, hard work, tough games and great to see the fans again. Now it’s on to Helsinki.”
He doesn't sound like he is anywhere near the exit door either. I would fully expect Vlad Chiriches to be the first man leaving. He was pulled out of the pre-season tour with apparently a pain in the back, he has had a back problem for months now. Transfer window injuries are common to prevent injury! Chiriches may well be genuinely injured or he may have been pulled out the tour so he doesn't get injured and then can't be sold.
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The Helsinki game may tell us more about his Spurs future and if he has one. If he plays no part in the Celtic international club friendly that then his future at the club is thrown into grave doubt. He would not have experienced Mauricio Pochettino's system under match conditions, hardly ideal going into a new season when he have been at the club all pre-season.
There would be only one pre-season game left after the Celtic game and if he has been with us the whole pre-season and not figured, he clearly isn't wanted. The club are also trying to sell Michael Dawson but he is playing a big part in pre-season so will understand the system in match conditions. That suggest of the two the Romanian is the one most likely to leave.
Saturday August 2nd might well be a revealing day, D Day for Chiriches Spurs future.