Jol ready to buy after exodus
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Martin Jol wants to buy a left back after selling three players to Portsmouth.
Tottenham boss Martin Jol has admitted he needs a new left back after being linked with a move for Chelsea's Wayne Bridge.
The Dutchman is keen to strengthen his squad after selling three players to Portsmouth on Thursday and revealing Stephen Kelly wants to leave.
Noe Pamarot, Sean Davis and Pedro Mendes all linked up with Harry Redknapp at Fratton Park while Kelly is also ready to quit White Hart Lane, as first reported on skysports.com.
"We are still working on the left back but I don't talk about new players," he said. "I still feel that if you want to be a top side, you need two players in every position.
"With the three players going now, we have to do something.
"If Lee [Young-pyo] is out on the left side, we don't have a left winger. Andy Reid is fit again but he is not a real wing player.
"Stephen Kelly has asked to leave because he wants to play but you can't let everyone go."
Jol brushed aside criticism of his man-management skills from Davis, claiming it is impossible to keep everybody in the squad happy at all times.
"I did not speak to him for the last three or four weeks because he was injured," countered Jol.
"You get this kind of thing but there is no problem.
"Pamarot was in the squad all the time, he was always a very good player for me. Mendes is different, he is probably a world-class player but he wasn't playing and he's too good to keep on the bench all the time.
"Sean Davis wasn't playing so he had some problems with injuries, when he came back he did an awfully good job and I still think he's a terrific player. But, you know, in that area we have a lot of players so sometimes you have to do a deal and it was better for the players.
"They made their choice. If Mendes would have told me he wanted to stay, it would have been fine with me as he's a terrific player.
"Davis, I can't see he didn't get a chance because he was injured. When the team is doing well, you don't like to chop and change all the time.
"He can prove at Portsmouth that he can be a regular."