Tottenham must show defiance to maintain place among England’s elite
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino must keep hold of his key England stars ahead of the 2017-18 season
While Tottenham Hotspur fans may well be growing slightly impatient at the lack of new faces in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad this summer, if the transfer window was to close right now it would not be the worst news for the North London side.
Although adding recruits to the Spurs ranks may well be a current priority, keeping the club’s top stars is also set to be a major challenge over the next six weeks.
Kyle Walker’s supposed preference to leave Tottenham and join Manchester City has been widely publicised in the press over the last two months, with negotiations between the Premier League clubs believed to be ongoing.
As speculation continues to swirl, most punters using free bets on transfer news this summer will be backing the full-back to end up at the Etihad Stadium with their SunBets promo code.
While the majority of Spurs fans have come to terms with the likelihood that the England international right-back will likely leave this summer, another protracted rumour has grown legs this week.
Manchester United’s reported interest in Eric Dier has been covered over the last few months, but it is only this week that credible sources such as The Guardian have added their voice to the growing call that Jose Mourinho wants the versatile star at Old Trafford.
Tottenham are in a strong position in regards to both players, with no real need to sell either and the pair having recently signed long-term contracts with Pochettino’s men.
50 million has been the magic number thrown about; it is this figure that Spurs reportedly want for Walker that City are reluctant to meet, while the same number is what United are ready to pay for Dier.
Tottenham showed last season that they have what it takes to compete with and beat the best in the Premier League but to maintain this hot streak on the pitch, Daniel Levy must win his battles away from the action.
Given the superior financial backing of the Manchester clubs and their respective allure, Spurs need to stand toe-to-toe with both United and City, avoiding being bullied or coerced this summer.
In the case of Walker, even if the player wants to move, Spurs must stand firm and get the transfer fee they want – or keep the defender.
With Dier not for sale but rumblings that the boyhood United fan would be open to a switch to Old Trafford, Levy must stick to his guns and enter no negotiations, while Pochettino needs to get the player onside and firmly focussed on his future in North London.
Although bringing in 100 million this summer for two players may well help cover some of the cost of the new stadium that Spurs will move to in 2018-19, selling first-team stars can create something of a slippery slope.
Should Dier and Walker both play a role in getting Tottenham exits to Premier League rivals this summer, seeds of doubt may well creep into the minds of some of the club’s even more-integral players.
With it remaining bitterly competitive at the pinnacle of English football and Spurs having another tough task to compete next season, the club must show fortitude over the next six weeks to ensure the good work of the last 24 months is not undone.