Paul Robinson claims Jan Vertonghen has a big role to play for Tottenham now the Premier League has allowed clubs to agree short-term deals with out of contract players.
The former White Hart Lane number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted Jose Mourinho will have to utilise his full squad when the season restarts with players are a higher risk of injury during a busy schedule.
The 33-year-old is out of contract on 30 June but is in line to receive a new short-term deal that will see him remain at the club until the completion of the 2019/20 campaign.
Premier League clubs unanimously agreed last Monday to allow for players’ contracts to be extended, including loan deals, until the end of the season.
The centre-half has already rejected the offer of a one-year contract extension at Spurs and looks primed for a summer exit.
When asked by Football Insider if Mourinho would be reluctant to play the Belgian knowing he is unlikely to be at the club next season, Robinson said: “I think it will be important to keep as many players fit as you can.
“I do not think you can look at it further than the end of this season.
“There are players coming back from injury and you do not know the impact of three games a week upon your squad. Managers will want as many players available to them as possible.
“Look at Harry Kane, he has had an unprecedented amount of time off since his injury. I doubt he can play three games a week.
“Mourinho will have to utilise his full squad.”
Clubs and players have been given until 23 June to reach mutual agreements.
Vertonghen has made 26 appearances in all competitions so far this season.