Tottenham Hotspur have released 11 players following the conclusion of the 2020/21 Women’s Super League season earlier this month, pointing to a potential squad rebuild ahead of the 2021/22 campaign that will kick off in the autumn.
Spurs have finished seventh and eighth in their two WSL campaigns to date and the club will be determined to kick on and try to take that next step to climb into the top half of the table.Among the 11 departures, all of whom are out of contract this summer, are a mix of established players and others individuals on the fringe of the squad.
Rianna Dean, Alanna Kennedy, Gemma Davison, Anna Filbey, Hannah Godfrey, Lucia Leon, Aurora Mikalsen, Chloe Peplow, Lucy Quinn, Siri Worm and Elisha Sulola have all been let go and will now be on the lookout for new clubs.
Abbie McManus and Cho So-hyun have also reached the end of their loans from Manchester United and West Ham respectively.
Dean joined Spurs in 2018 and has been a crucial part of the club’s rise from the Women’s Championship and subsequent consolidation as a top-flight WSL side.
Following news of her Spurs departure, the 22-year-old forward tweeted: “I just wanted to say thank you to all my teammates and the amazing fans for all the support over the three seasons. It’s been a great journey, especially in gaining promotion to the WSL.”
Filbey was another that had arrived at Spurs in 2018 and helped with that initial promotion drive. Meanwhile, Davison - who has won WSL titles with Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea - Peplow, Quinn, Worm and Godfrey all joined Spurs in 2019 following the promotion.
Australia international Kennedy joined Spurs last summer from Orlando Pride, initially on a half-season loan. That deal was made into a permanent short-term contract in December.
So far this summer, Spurs have handed new contracts to Shelina Zadorsky and Ria Percival.
Source : 90min