Let’s be clear, Tottenham are a very good side. They’re organised, exciting and deadly in possession. This current crop of stars has all the ingredients to become truly top class but, in truth, they’re nowhere near the standard the mainstream media makes out.
Tottenham have mounted two title challenges but neither of them has led to a nail biting finish. This, along with their win over an out of form Real Madrid, has led to the media claiming they could win the Champions League and Pochettino stating that the League and FA cups are below them.
This overinflated arrogance has seemingly weaved its way into the team, performances have slumped and a title challenge looks out of the question. But is a top four spot also in jeopardy? And who would leave if it happened?
‘He’s one of our own!’ No, he’s not. Harry Kane grew up supporting Arsenal. He played for the Arsenal Academy and although he may be loyal to Spurs, is he really going to say no if Real Madrid come calling? A £177m move has been mooted and, with Benzema struggling to find the net on a regular basis this season, they will be looking for a replacement in the summer. Kane would be worth every penny.
Alli has found himself in the firing line for criticism this season, with performances failing to hit the heights of the last two seasons. He has still managed flashes of brilliance and this will be enough to keep potential suitors keen. Real Madrid remain interested and a big money move to the Spanish capital may suit all parties.
Has there ever been a player more suited for Barcelona? Eriksen’s vision, dribbling and ability to link up play in the final third would make him an ideal replacement for the ageing Andrés Iniesta. With Liverpool continuing to dig their heels in over Coutinho, Eriksen should be the next name on Barca’s shortlist.
Despite claiming to be a teacher’s pet, Danny Rose has caused a stir on more than one occasion with his comments in the media. He’s clearly frustrated with the lack of progress at Tottenham and the sale of buddy, Kyle Walker, has seemingly unsettled him. Manchester United are keen and it’s likely the player will force this move, perhaps even as early as January.
The contract rebel has become the best defender in England but clearly doesn’t see his long term future at Spurs. The Belgian will not be short of offers if he does opt to leave and it’s likely he will be sold in the summer – to avoid him walking away for free 12 months later.
Lloris has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in world football in recent years and is currently captain of his club and country. As he is in his thirties, he must surely be craving trophies and another barren year at Tottenham could see him make a move, especially if he has a stellar World Cup.
Champions League qualification will be the minimum requirement for the Lilywhites this year and even that may not be enough to encourage their stars to stay. The draw of trophies and significantly higher salaries may be too attractive to turn down.