On the 4th of April, it was a day that involved wages to top players, invitations to the send off to the Lane, realistic transfer targets and some team news for the West Ham game, which takes place on Friday.
So, let’s start with the Alderweireld saga. It’s been reported that Toby Alderweireld wants to be one of the highest paid players at the club. The Belgian defender isn’t happy with his £55,000 a week salary as he demands the same pay as Harry Kane (£110,000 a week) who has led the line extremely well for Spurs. The 28 year old has been one of the reasons why Spurs are competing for trophies, especially the Premier League title. He has built a telepathic relationship with fellow countryman Jan Vertonghen who I believe is incredibly underrated. Their performances go under the radar because our goal scorers take the limelight. Tottenham have the best defensive record in the League with only conceding 22 goals in 34 games. I believe that Daniel Levy should offer Toby Alderweireld what he wants as it would cost the club much more than £11m and £110,000 a week to replace a defender of that calibre.
Who wouldn’t want to go to the send off to White Hart Lane? Well, it isn’t about wanting to go or not, former manager’s and players may not have the choice due the club not wanting them there. Ex employee, Tim Sherwood may not get to see the club say farewell to the famous White Hart Lane. The farewell parade will be held on the 14th of May when Spurs play Manchester United at home. Sherwood and Levy had a tense relationship, which means his absence from the list doesn’t surprise me at all.
As we’re approaching the business end of the season, transfer talk seems to appear and fans like to put their point of view on who Tottenham should sign to help compete and win trophies. Manager Mauricio Pochettino instructs Daniel Levy to sign players who have played in the Premier League. Our signings who have had Premier League experience have proved dividends, the likes of Kieran Trippier, Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld have played a huge part on pushing the club forward. Does that mean that the players from other leagues are ruled out? We shall see. Spurs have been linked with many Premier League players: Ross Barkley (Everton), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Michael Keane (Burnley), Harry Maguire (Hull City) and Josh King (AFC Bournemouth). Many Spurs fans like myself will be looking forward to the transfer window and I think it’ll be a busy one. I wouldn’t mind Levy signing any of the players who I’ve mentioned because I believe they’ll all develop under Pochettino.
Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed some team news ahead of a tasty fixture against West Ham United on Friday. Kyle Walker has trained all week and is in the squad for the match. The Argentine also dismissed all transfer rumours involving the right back. Danny Rose is still unavailable for the fixture, Rose will be training with the First Team next week and will be back soon to help Tottenham chase Chelsea to the Premier League title. Cameron Carter-Vickers will not be involved in any games until next season due to a knee injury, Pochettino confirmed.
- @bigspurschris- “Levy should give Toby Alderweireld what he wants because he’s been the best centre back at the club since Ledley King. Toby still has a few good years ahead of him and he’s not injury prone, which means he’ll be worth the money because he won’t miss big chunks of the season because of injury. Toby gets the best out of the players around him and we have to stop selling our best players, Alderweireld is a big player. Young players like Carter-Vickers will improve in training with him and match time to pick up experience next to him. The price we bought Alderweireld for is a bargain compared to Manchester City’s John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi. A top centre back will cost more than what we paid for him and will want more than £110,000 a week.”
- @Z_PearsonTHFC- “If you look at some of the top earning defenders in world football, Toby is statistically on par or even better. We’re at a crucial stage of our development and we can’t sell our best players like Woolwich did. We have to try and keep this squad together no matter what it takes. I say pay up and give Toby Alderweireld what he wants, even if us fans have to set up and Go Fund Me Page.”
- @Elliehood_- “In all honesty, I don’t think Tim Sherwood should be there, I think there’s other managers we have had at the helm which I’d rather have at the farewell parade. I think Harry Redknapp should be there.”
- @VICTORWANYAMA- “I personally feel that Tim Sherwood should have been invited. He didn’t do anything wrong and when he was in charge, he did well in a small period of time.”
- @benboorman21- “My personal view is that Levy and the club are being very selective in who they’re inviting; they don’t want any figures that fans could react poorly towards and that in my view why Sherwood hasn’t been invited.”
- @AlexKyri_- “In my eyes, Tim Sherwood isn’t a Spurs legend but I think he should be invited as he was playing at Spurs for a long time and did a brilliant job with the academy. Tim is one of the reasons why Harry Kane, Nabil Bentaleb, Andros Townsend and Ryan Mason have a footballing career. I think it’s only right that he is invited as I and many other Spurs fans respect him for his work.”
- Johnny__KC- “Kasper Dolberg is someone Spurs need to consider. His stats in all competitions this season show he’s a serious talent: 43 games, 20 goals and 7 assists. Kasper will know Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen from their time at AJAX.
- @HotspurEdition- I totally agree on the targets with Premier League experience, they don’t need time to adapt to the pace of the League and understand the intensity and physicality. It’s very rare that a player from the other leagues turn out to be a world beater in the Premier League. Players like Vincent Janssen and Kevin N’Koudou was a risk that Levy and Pochettino took and as we’ve seen, they have clearly not justified their price tags as of yet. The players that I would like Levy to sign are: Andre Gray (Burnley), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) and Elseid Hysaj (Napoli) if Kyle Walker leaves in the Summer.
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