Tottenham must not allow manager Mauricio Pochettino’s high rating of Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth from stopping them securing a new contract deal for fellow centre back Toby Alderweireld, according to former Fulham star Danny Murphy.
The Belgian international centre back is at the centre of a stand off over a new deal, with Spurs looking to tie him down to a long term deal while the player himself is seeking much improved terms on his current reported £50,000-a-week contract.
It has been widely reported that there is a clause set to activate in the summer of 2019 which would allow the 28-year-old to depart for £25million, less than what the Lilywhites think they could get for him this summer, and as a result they are hoping to come to an agreement which will see this term removed from a new deal.
However, with the young Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth having arrived last summer, the Columbian 21-year-old establishing himself as a first team regular, Murphy believes Pochettino’s love in over the two may well see him sell Alderweireld in the belief he does not need him long-term, something the regular BBC Sport pundit disagrees with.
He told the London Evening Standard: “Although Davinson Sanchez is not as good as Alderweireld, he is a player with a lot of potential. Crucially, Sanchez is more than seven years younger than Alderweireld.
“Tottenham also have Juan Foyth, who Pochettino rates highly, so may believe they can live without Alderweireld in the long term.
“If Alderweireld were to join a top European club or, worse, one of Spurs’ Premier League rivals, what sort of message would that send to Spurs’ main men?
“Sanchez and Foyth might be promising but if Spurs are to keep progressing, Alderweireld would need to be replaced in the short term. And how do you do that?”
Football Insider verdict
Murphy has hit the nail on the head when discussing Alderweireld’s situation, and has probably got Pochettino’s thinking right too. The future prospects of Sanchez and Foyth are high, but what they have in potential they lack in experience, which is what makes the Belgian such an important player. His sale would have to result in a new centre back arriving if the club hope to compete on four fronts next season, and how much pressure would be placed on a player come in knowing he has the massive shoes of Alderweireld to fill? If he wants to stay at Spurs, which seems to be the case, and the club want to keep him, then they really should have no trouble finding a compromise.
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