The Tottenham Hotspur squad exodus: Every player leaving, staying or being released this summer

Tottenham Hotspur squad members: from left to right, Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier, Emerson Royal, Son Heung-min, Harry Kane, Richarlison
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When Tottenham Hotspur were battered 5-1 by Newcastle United in 2016, the relegated Magpies fielded a side unrecognisable to today. Gini Wijnaldum went onto Champions League glory – Moussa Sissoko would actually aid it by giving away the first-minute penalty for Tottenham against Liverpool – and Aleksandr Mitrovic has lived a fair many lives since. 

Yet five of Tottenham's XI for that game seven years ago, were still in the squad for Sunday's 6-1 disaster against Newcastle. The club's new acting manager following Cristian Stellini's sacking, Ryan Mason, lined up in the midfield. If it's a reflection of chairman Daniel Levy's refusal to evolve, this summer marks a make-or-break transfer window in which Tottenham will simply have to bring in a new generation – or risk stagnating further. 

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Mark White
Content Editor

Mark White has been at on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, first as a staff writer before becoming content editor in 2023. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also represented FFT at both FA Cup and League Cup finals (though didn't receive a winners' medal on either occasion) and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He has written cover features for the mag on Mikel Arteta and Martin Odegaard, and is assisted by his cat, Rosie, who has interned for the brand since lockdown.