Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has admitted he faces a difficult balancing act in keeping all of his players happy ahead of the January transfer window.
Tottenham are currently on a ten match unbeaten run that has seen the north London Premier League club surge up the table and into contention for a possible title tilt.
As a result Redknapp has been extremely reluctant to rotate his Tottenham squad and has largely stuck to the same starting XI throughout their superb run.
Redknapp suggests Wednesday night's Europa League clash against PAOK Salonika will offer him a rare opportunity to give minutes to a number of his fringe players.
Sebastien Bassong, Vedran Corluka, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Heurelho Gomes have all publicly stated their frustration over their increasingly peripheral roles for the club, and while Redknapp acknowledged they will get game time this week, he suggested unhappy players would only be allowed to leave White Hart Lane on Tottenham Hotspur's terms.
"It's difficult because the players want to play. You won't keep them happy if they're not. You just hope you can convince them to stay." The Tottenham manager told the Sun.
"You want to keep them happy and onside. We need them."
Ahead of the January transfer window a number of Tottenham's players will inevitably looking to leave the club should they remain on the margins of Spurs' starting XI, yet Redknapp was keen to indicate any exits would depend on their ability to bring new players in.
"We're going to need a big squad and unless you can get a replacement, you can't afford to let people go.
"We need that strength in depth, especially if we stay in the Europa League."