By Amir Mir
Ian Wright believes Tottenham need to offer their players more money if they are to keep hold of them.
The former Arsenal striker specifically pointed out defensive duo Kyle Walker and Toby Alderweireld.
Wright believes that the club have realised that they need to up their player’s wages if they are to carry on competing at the top level.
Chairman Daniel Levy is in charge of negotiating at the club and he is known for his shrewd and tough decision making.
However, TV pundit Wright believes someone like Levy needs to start matching his players’ wages with those who they are playing against.
“They played Arsenal the other week and there were players on the bench who are on more [money] than someone like Harry Kane,” Wright told the Premier League Tonight show, which aired on BT Sport on Saturday evening.
“Now you hear Kyle Walker, there is talk that he might be leaving, Toby Alderweireld, his contract talks have stalled.
“What’s happening is, they are starting to realise, Tottenham, that they are going to have to pay these players if they want them to compete at that [top] level with the players they are competing against because they [other top players] are are earning it.”
In recent weeks, right-back Walker has found himself on the bench, with backup man Kieran Trippier selected ahead of him.
Walker was dropped to the bench for games such as Chelsea and Arsenal in recent weeks, which forced manager Mauricio Pochettino to brush off rumours that he doesn’t select the defender for “big games”.
He returned to the starting line-up for the 1-0 defeat at West Ham on Friday night, with Hammers playmaker Manuel Lanzini causing him problems all night.
Walker was substituted after 80 minutes, with Trippier coming on as his replacement.
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