Former Newcastle United and Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has said that Tottenham’s decision to sell Kyle Walker over the summer could have a disastrous impact on the club’s future.
Spurs sold the fleet footed right back to Premier League rivals Manchester City in a £50million deal before the start of the current campaign, making him the most expensive defender in world history.
He has helped City storm to the top of the table, with an eight point gap over second placed Manchester United after the weekend’s fixtures.
Tottenham meanwhile have been left languishing down in sixth spot after a poor run of form, with just one win in their last five matches, and are already 18 points adrift of the league leaders, as well as three points off north London rivals Arsenal in fifth.
Now Barton has said that the sale of Walker could have a huge impact on the club’s ability to keep a hold of their top players, believing that many will want to follow in his footsteps and leave the Lilywhites for greater things, including their wages.
He told Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast (04/12, 06:00) on talkSPORT: “You see Kyle Walker has left them to go to City.
“It’s probably been the right decision if you’re him – play for Pep (Guardiola) but also get paid as much as you want as well.
“The lads will be aware of that. It’s only a matter of time before the rest of them do.”
One man who is said to be engaged in contract negotiations is star defender Toby Alderweireld, with Spurs reportedly ready to sell him in the summer as they are unwilling to meet his demands of £110,000-a-week-plus, as it does not fall within the cap set.
In other Tottenham news, the club are in talks over securing a wantaway midfielder from these European giants.