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.
Sandro was supposed to be a game changer at Tottenham Hotspur, and there was a time that he was. He was big and strong, willing to bulldoze anyone, but he also had remarkable range for a player of his size and his passing was always underrated. He fit the perfect mold of a defensive midfielder from the moment he signed for Spurs as a 20-year-old in 2010.
But just when Sandro was really finding his stride, and going from competent and developing to dominant, he was hit by injuries. A knee injury in January of 2013 ruled him out for the remainder of that season, and he struggled with knocks all of last season, as well as Tim Sherwood's hate for defensive midfielders.
Now Tottenham have Etienne Capoue, and Benjamin Stambouli is reportedly on his way to White Hart Lane too. That doesn't leave much room for Sandro, who is a fan favorite and can still be amazing, but whose injury history may have ended his run with Spurs.
Likelihood he'll play if he stays: If he can stay fit, he can be Spurs' best holding midfielder, but he hasn't been fit and would likely find himself third choice as a result
Potential suitors: QPR have shown interest, while multiple Serie A clubs have been linked to the Brazilian
Price if he's sold: £8 million
Loan or sale?: Sale
The verdict - Will he be an active Spurs player on September 2?: 80/20 he leaves. Assuming Spurs wrap up the deal for Stambouli, Spurs would have he and Capoue as holding midfielders, leaving no room for Sandro. As good as he can be, Sandro hasn't been fit enough to show it and Tottenham seem done wishing and hoping he can stay on the pitch so with other options now, it's time to let him go.