By Amir Mir
Danny Murphy has stated that Tottenham are “not on the level” of the likes of their Premier League rivals when it comes to paying big wages to their top players.
The BBC pundit was specifically talking about Manchester City, United, Chelsea and Liverpool, four teams who he believes can offer more, in terms of money, to their star men.
Spurs will be looking to move into their new stadium for the 2018/19 season, with developments already under way.
They will briefly make a switch to Wembley next term which means their clash against Manchester United on May 14 will be their final game at White Hart Lane.
Speaking on Match of the Day, which aired on BBC One on Saturday evening, Murphy issued this huge reality check to fans after their title heartache against West Ham.
“The simple case for Spurs is keeping their best players,” Murphy told Match of the Day.
Presenter Gary Lineker then asked whether they have got decisions to make regarding giving their top players more money.
“Yes,” Murphy responded. “They are not at the level of City, United and Chelsea or maybe even Liverpool, in terms of paying wages, so they have got to make a choice which is difficult because they are going into the new stadium as well.”
There have been a lot of big name players that have signed contract extensions for Tottenham this season which indicates that Spurs are willing to keep hold of their key men.
The likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Hugo Lloris are just a few names, who have extended their contracts at White Hart Lane during this campaign.
All four were in action when Mauricio Pochettino’s side suffered a costly defeat at West Ham on Friday night, which has dented their chances in the Premier League title race.
Maximum points from their next two matches will see Chelsea crowned champions for the 2016/17 season – they take on Middlesbrough on Monday night, before playing West Brom four days later.
In other Tottenham news, Leon Britton has heaped praise on two Spurs players (not Dele Alli or Harry Kane).