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Caulker being tipped to do a Defoe or Chimbonda and rejoin Spurs

| 29.03.2014

Sometimes we all have to admit that we have made a mistake, whether it be forgetting to do the washing up, picking up the wrong item from the supermarket or getting the time wrong when scheduled to pick up the wife from a night out.

For Tottenham, it is becoming a fairly familiar theme that mistakes are being made when allowing players to leave in the transfer market.

Jermain Defoe and Pascal Chimbonda are just two of the players that have departed White Hart Lane this century, only to be brought back not too long afterwards.

Spurs are not the only ones either. David Unsworth had two stints at Everton in the 1990s, Peter Beardsley made a 1990s return to Newcastle and Ian Rush most famously re-signed for Liverpool.

None can match Steve Staunton though, who couldn’t make up his mind between Merseyside and Birmingham, having two stints at both Liverpool and Aston Villa.

The latest Tottenham player earmarked to make a return is Steven Caulker, who only left for the greater first-team opportunities placed on the table at Cardiff last summer.

Yet despite his promising performances as captain, relegation is beginning to look a formality for the Premier League debutants – where Cardiff are priced as the 16/5 outisiders in their crucial clash at West Brom – which will likely result in them needing to trim their wage bill if returning to the Championship.

Not responsible for selling Caulker in the first place, Tim Sherwood clearly thinks Caulker has a future at Tottenham and is said to be interested in a potential cut-price deal.

However, competition may well exist from Liverpool for Caulker, who have conceded five fewer clean sheets and 16 goals more than title rivals Chelsea this season.

Caulker’s big strength comes in terms of his number of clearances, while his height makes him a threat in both penalty boxes.

Michael Dawson is Spurs’ top clearance maker, but he can limit the tactics employed because of his lack of pace and slower turning circle, which especially creates trouble if there is a need to defend high up the pitch.

Caulker offers many of the same attributes as Dawson, but with the benefit of a bit more speed.

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Christian Crowther

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