Danny Mills claims that Tottenham are facing “monumental” disruption at the back as they face a number of first-team exits this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England defender says that the possibility of losing both Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld before the end of the transfer window would leave the club with a huge task to replace them.
The Lilywhites have already seen Kieran Trippier depart for Atletico Madrid and as exclusively revealed by Football Insider, Rose could follow him out the exit door with Juventus among a number of Premier League and European clubs plotting a raid from the north London side.
With Alderweireld’s future still up in the air as he heads into the final year of his contract, Mills has questioned the ambition of Tottenham, insisting that such wholesale changes has the potential to backfire massively.
“If you make one change, you get away with it possibly,” Mills told Football Insider.
“That could be three changes within the back four. Allowing Rose to leave, that’s two England full-backs you lose. It looks like they might lose Toby Alderweireld. That is absolutely monumental in terms of disruption.
“Tottenham, going from buying nobody since what feels like the wheel was invented, to suddenly having to replace Rose, Trippier, Alderweireld – it’s a massive change. We hear about how Spurs want to crack on, how they want to go to the next level, they want to take it on. That doesn’t scream at me: ‘ambition’.
“Three players that played in a Champions League final this summer and last summer were in World Cup semi-finals – it’s a little bit of a strange one.”
Between them, Trippier (114), Alderweireld (159) and Rose (198) have 471 appearances for Tottenham under their belts, with all three featuring at least 37 times last season – the Belgian playing 50 games across all competitions.