By Matt Farr
Davie Provan is worried that Tottenham’s decision to move to Wembley could have major ramifications for the club in their bid to keep their star players.
Tottenham confirmed on their official club website on Friday that they are set to make Wembley their home ground from next season, as plans to evacuate White Hart Lane take a major step forward.
The decision is an emphatic one for the club, as it means they will be waving goodbye to White Hart Lane, a stadium they have called home since 1899, and plunging into a new era of uncertainty at Wembley.
However, Provan believes that the move could see Tottenham struggle to replicate their fine form from the current campaign, and could lead to several of their top players jumping ship.
Speaking on the Premier League Daily show on Sky Sports on Tuesday morning (10am), he said:
I think [in terms of] keeping everyone they have, Wembley is going to be a problem. I think a new environment is always going to be a problem.
“We saw it with Arsenal in the first season at the Emirates. We’ve seen it with West Ham this season. I wouldn’t expect Spurs to hit the heights next season, simply because they are at Wembley.
“They have a terrific group of players. But it depends on being able to keep hold of their top talent, Harry Kane, Dele Alli. If they were to lose a few of them, it could be a huge blow in terms of where Pochettino takes the club.”
Tottenham’s impressive form this season has seen them emerge as the last remaining challenger to Chelsea in the Premier League title race with four games to go, and they currently sit four points adrift of the Blues.
They remain unbeaten at White Hart Lane in the Premier League this term, although their form away from home, particularly in European matches at Wembley, tell a different story.
The north London club played each of their four home European games – in both the Champions League and Europa League – at Wembley this season, but picked up just one win.
They were also defeated 4-2 at Wembley by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi final earlier this month, so their form at their new stadium will be a concern heading into next season.
Provan’s fears, are therefore, also reasonably well-founded.