Potential Tottenham Hotspur departures: Benoit Assou-Ekotto

Michael Steele

We don't want Disco Benny to leave, but it may be time.

This post is part of a deadline morning series on potential Tottenham transfers. You can find all of the posts in the series right here, as well as the initial post explaining this series right here.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto has an amazing Twitter feed. He doesn't take football too seriously and admits that it's just his job, and we respect him for that. He has a pretty good left foot and can play fantastic cross-field switches. He's been an above-average left back when healthy. He's an all-around pretty great dude and has been a nice player to have at the club.

Benny is also in the final year of his contract and did not play much last season. No one seems to know what teams might be interested in purchasing him, but he hasn't been training with Spurs, presumably because someone is interested in purchasing him and Spurs are interested in selling.

But Spurs can't continue with just one left back this season. Unless they can find someone they really want to buy while finding a buyer for Benny, he'll probably come back and become the backup to Danny Rose for a year before he leaves in January or walks on a free next summer.

Quick bio: Benoit Assou-Ekotto is a left back who arrived at Tottenham Hotspur in 2006 for a fee of £3.5 million. He's had an up and down career with the club and was injured for most of last season. He has one year remaining on his contract

Age: 29

Likelihood he'll play if he stays: Average

Potential suitors: Your guess is as good as mine

Price if he's sold: Around £5m

Loan or sale?: Sale, as he's in the last year of his contract. It makes no sense for Tottenham to send him on loan.

The verdict - Will he be an active Spurs player on September 3?: My best guess is no, but we haven't exactly heard who's going to buy him. Surely there's a reason he's been asked not to train with the club and he's been spending most of his time in France.

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