By Matt Farr
Paul Merson is worried Tottenham could struggle to adapt to life at their new stadium next season.
Tottenham are set to play their final home game at White Hart Lane when they host Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, before making the move to Wembley this summer.
However, Merson insists Spurs need to tread carefully if they are to avoid falling into the same trap as north London rivals Arsenal, who have struggled to win silverware since their move to the Emirates.
The Gunners closed the curtain on a widely successful era at the club when they walked away from Highbury in 2006, but they have since won just two titles – back-to-back FA Cup triumphs in 2014 and 2015.
In his column for the Daily Star, Merson said: “Tottenham need to be careful they don’t fall into the same trap as Arsenal when they leave White Hart Lane.
“It’s a sign of the times and Spurs need bigger facilities to compete. The trouble is, it hasn’t helped Arsenal has it? All it’s done is make them money. But what have they spent it on? The Emirates should be full of top stars, but it isn’t.
“Everyone is going to be looking at Spurs players this summer and they have to make sure they don’t become a selling club while they have to pay for their new stadium. ”
Tottenham established themselves as a formidable force in the Premier League this season, emerging as the only realistic threat to Chelsea’s title bid.
The likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen have drawn the majority of the plaudits over the course of the campaign, but many more of Tottenham’s stars deserve praise for their efforts.
However, Tottenham conceded defeat in the title race with a shock loss to West Ham a week ago, with Chelsea officially sealing their triumph after the 1-0 win over West Brom on Friday.
In other Tottenham news, Simon Jordan has brutally mocked Spurs when referring to winning league titles.