Tottenham Hotspur did well to tie down manager Mauricio Pochettino to a long-term deal a week before the Real Madrid vacancy arose, as well as getting Harry Kane to agree a long-term contract just four days before the England World Cup squad travelled to Russia.
Spurs secured the futures of two highly-important figures at the club whose commitment to the London outfit could soon be followed by the rest of the squad. Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli are two players in talks over new deals and more could follow this summer.
Tottenham cashing in on two players who missed a lot of last season
Belgian centre-back Toby Alderweireld and midfielder Mousa Dembele are two players being linked with a move away from Tottenham and have just 12 months left on their respective deals. However, Alderweireld and Dembele haven’t had constructive contract talks with Spurs and could be put up for sale if an agreement over an extension isn’t reached this summer.
Alderweireld made only 14 Premier League appearances in an injury-hit 2017/18 campaign and saw Davinson Sanchez nail down a starting place at the back in his absence. Tottenham are unwilling to meet his wage demands and are open to a sale for £75m. Chairman Daniel Levy will drive a hard bargain to get maximum value from the centre-back and may do the same for Dembele.
The 30-year-old has also seen his contract demands rebuffed by Tottenham this summer. Dembele wants a long-term deal, but Spurs aren’t budging. The Belgian was substituted on or substituted off in 20 of his 28 Premier League appearances last season, highlighting his dwindling fitness levels and influence on the pitch.
Tottenham have Moussa Sissoko and Victor Wanyama in his absence and have been linked with Olympique Lyonnais’ 21-year-old midfielder Tanguy NDombele. Dembele would surely fetch a decent price too, as he’s been a good servant in his six years with the Londoners.
Big names could join Tottenham as key players are set to stay
After Tottenham’s stadium move, there were fears the club could suffer financially and have to put their best players up for sale. But it actually appears Spurs are in a healthy place and have scrapped their wage structure to tie down their most important talent. Should the likes of Eriksen and Alli follow Pochettino and Kane, big-name players in Europe could be convinced to make the switch.
Since Pochettino was appointed manager of Tottenham, the club have finished fifth (2014/15), third (2015/16), second (2016/17) and third (2017/18) in the Premier League. There was a fear that fantastic record could be ruined by a troublesome 2018/19 campaign had they resorted to cost-cutting measures, but now they could further improve the squad.
Tottenham should be firmly in the race for a top-four finish next season, so players shouldn’t consider it a gamble to move White Hart Lane. Spurs have racked up 70 points or more in each of the last three campaigns and are tying down their most important personnel to ensure a good season is too come.