The sale of Gareth Bale and subsequent purchase of seven new players saw Spurs clear out a raft of unwanted talent – such as Steven Caulker, Clint Dempsey, William Gallas and Tom Huddlestone – on permanent deals last summer, leaving much fewer employees on loan than the likes of serial shoppers Chelsea.
Nevertheless, one or two of their limited amount of lends have caused the club some embarrassment, in particular the first up in our Lilywhites loanee list:
Andre Villas-Boas’ decision to dispense with the services of the only specialist senior left-back in the north Londoners’ squad took a while to sink in among football fans and probably played a significant part in the Portuguese’s unceremonious departure.
Villas-Boas was hoping to turn winger Danny Rose into his first-choice in the position, but the young Yorkshireman was ruled out for three months a week after Assou-Ekotto’s September departure, leaving Jan Vertonghen to move over from his natural centre-half spot.
Meanwhile, over in west London, the Cameroon regular went about rebuilding his reputation after an injury-disrupted 2012/13 campaign, eventually ending QPR’s Championship term with 30 starts to his name.
Assou-Ekotto missed Harry Redknapp’s men’s play-off semi-final tie win over Wigan through injury, but is expected to play in the Wembley against Derby, with the R’s priced up as evens outsiders for a top-flight return.
Another QPR temp who’ll be hopeful of some game-time at Wembley, Carroll made more than twice as many league appearances this term than during previous loan spells at Leyton Orient and Derby combined, with Redknapp throwing him in from the start on 23 occasions.
The 21-year-old has been likened to former Lilywhites favourite Luka Modric in the past, due to his passing accuracy and creativity from deep-midfield, although one senior strike in 57 matches warrants improvement.
The midfield ranks are fairly full at White Hart Lane and, at 24-years-old, this one-cap England man may have already missed his chance of nailing down a regular berth in the Spurs team, but if Livermore is put up for sale this summer there should be plenty of takers.
With three Premier League goals, four assists and an 83 per cent pass accuracy rate, the FA Cup runner-up with Hull arguably eclipsed his former Tottenham teammate Tom Huddlestone – who cost the Tigers more than £5m last summer – at the KC this term.
Former Spain Under-21 winger Falque – who was on Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus’ books during a nomadic youth career – followed up promotion from the Segunda Liga with Almeria in 2012/13 by helping Rayo Vallecano maintain their top-flight status this term.
The Madrid-based side have the option of buying the 24-year-old, but after Nacer Chadli and Gylfi Sigurdsson endured difficult campaigns in north London, Spurs could certainly use another option down the left flank.