Ian Wright gives brutally honest assessment of Tottenham situation
By Russell Edge
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has said that Tottenham are at risk of losing their top players if they do not start to offer much higher wages.
Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy is notorious for his reluctance to spend money, which has often seen the club scouring the transfer window for the best deal possible.
However, Wright believes that wages, not transfer fees, is one of the biggest issues the club have, and insists that without money or success, players will be looking to depart.
The former England striker identifies that the club needs to start giving its stars the money other clubs are, or face losing them altogether, using the departure of Kyle Walker as a prime case study.
Speaking on The Debate podcast (Tuesday, 19/09), available via Sky Sports’ website, he said: “Kyle Walker is a perfect example. He’s gone and probably tripled his money.
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“He’s playing in a team where the Tottenham players, who haven’t won anything and they’re seeing him kicking on.
“If they are not going to start paying the money, that the problem Tottenham have.
“I’m hearing that Dele Alli is getting another new deal – it still doesn’t take him and Harry Kane into anywhere near what players in the Premier League are getting.”
His brutally honest assessment of Spurs’ approach may worry fans, and the former Arsenal man may cause more anxiety when discussing the future of midfielder Alli.
It has been reported that the young star is in discussions of securing what is known in the football world as a ‘super agent’, and Wright says if that such a deal goes ahead, Spurs can wave goodbye to their midfield maestro.
“Super agents don’t mess around. If Dele goes there, he’s going to one of the big, big boys,” he told The Debate podcast.
“They’re not going to sign someone like Dele Alli to wait for six years for him to get that move.”
The youngster was the match winner as Spurs scraped past Barnsley on Tuesday night, and will be hoping to have a similar impact when the club take on West Ham on Saturday.
In other Tottenham news, the club are set for a top flight fight to secure the signing of a young German talent.