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Tottenham Hotspur announces "drop list" with four players to depart the club

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Emmanuel Sonupe, Armani Daly, Charlie Hayford, and Chris Paul will all seek their football fortunes elsewhere.

Tottenham Hotspur U21 v Sunderland U21: Barclays U21 Premier League Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Early June is the time of year when Premier League teams begin announcing which players will be retained and which players are cut. Tottenham released their list today via Twitter, announcing the departure of four youth players from the club.

Of the four players noted, Emmanuel Sonupe is the most prominent, and even he probably isn't well known to most Spurs fans. Primarily a winger, all of Sonupe's minutes came in the U21 Premier League, where he was a regular starter. He scored one goal and had five assists this season for Tottenham U21.

The other three players were members of Tottenham's youth academy. Chris Paul is perhaps the most notable casualty of today's cuts, though he should probably feel content enough that he still has an all-star NBA career to fall back on.

Crashing out of a Premier League academy isn't the end of the world for these young players. Many of those released will go on to have successful careers in the lower leagues of English football or will move on to other leagues in the continent or elsewhere.

Notably, no senior team players were released today, which is good news if your name is Tom Carroll or Federico Fazio.