Ian Wright offers verdict on Pochettino-Walker fallout, states major Tottenham worry
By Dominic Toner
Ian Wright believes that Tottenham will continue to have problems with senior players until they address the situation of their wage structure.
The Independent claim that defender Kyle Walker wants to leave the club after a major fallout with manager Mauricio Pochettino, with team selection and fitness cited as the reason.
There is a growing sense that the £50million-rated full-back could be sold in the summer after arguments with the Argentinian boss.
The Daily Mirror clam that Manchester City are eyeing a move for Walker and would be willing to double his current £55,000-a-week deal at Spurs.
Wright believes that the altercation between the manger and player will be over money, before stating that Spurs need to reconsider their approach to player wages if they want to build on their recent success.
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“This is the problem that Spurs are going to have, players are going to be disrupted by the fact that ‘I should be earning more money’,” Wright told the Sun podcast. “You’ve got people like Danny Rose and Kyle Walker who are sought-after full-backs, who are earning three times less than they could earn somewhere else.
“When Spurs address that situation they will then be able to keep those players and continually build on what they’ve got right now, but at the moment I think he (Walker) has fallen out with the manager and I think it will be over money.”
Walker was dropped for arguably two of Spurs’ biggest games of the season, during the north London derby against Arsenal and the FA Cup semi-final to Chelsea.
Pochettino turned to right-back Kieran Trippier, who has proved himself to be a valuable member of the squad this season.
The north London club don’t have the same budget to compete with the Premier League’s elite clubs, but have managed to be one of the best on the pitch in recent seasons.
They have developed a number of star players at White Hart Lane and there is a fear they could lose the likes of Walker, Harry Kane and Dele Alli if they don’t seriously amend their infrastructure.
Spurs are making a temporary switch to Wembley next season while development continues on their new ground, which they hope will establish their position as one of England’s leading clubs.
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