Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists those players ostracised at the start of the season can fire the club into the Champions League. Gareth Bale, David Bentley and Roman Pavlyuchenko have all been on the periphery at various stages and have been linked with moves away from White Hart Lane - but they have seized their opportunities recently.
All three could start when Spurs host against Everton this weekend.
"I've treated them all very well. When they haven't been in the team they've still been part of everything," Redknapp said.
"When I came in there were about 10 of them who didn't train with the first team. They were sent away.
"I've never done that with anyone. I treat them all the same, every day. They come in and train with the first team every day. They couldn't have been treated any better than I treated them.
"The problem with doing that is that sometimes you need the players that were ostracised. I ended up using the players at some stage as you get injuries. Suddenly you have to go back to them and say 'okay lads you are with us today'."