Tottenham would be taking a gamble if they signed Jerome Boateng as he is past his best and not the player he once was.
That’s according to former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the head of German outlet BILD gave an update on Boateng’s future.
Last week Christian Falk tweeted, “Jerome Boateng is honoured for the interest of Tottenham and can imagine a transfer in the Premier League. But so far there have been no talks or negotiations.”
— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) April 17, 2021
Boateng, 32, is out of contract at Bayern Munich this summer after spending a decade at the club.
Phillips claims Boateng will be demanding big wages and a move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium may not be a sensible investment.
“In my personal opinion, I think he’s past his best,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“He’s been a quality player hasn’t he? It depends on how much they have to pay for him as well.
“If you’re having to give him big wages, which they’d have to, I think it could be a gamble.
“Is there anyone younger out there that’s got six or seven years in front of them and someone they’re able to sell on?
“It’s a gamble, he’d come in and do well or a season or two but then who knows? I’m not sure about that one.”
Boateng is still a key player for Bayern, starting 26 of the club’s Bundesliga games so far this season with the club on the verge of yet another league title.
He also started as the German giants beat PSG 1-0 in the Champions League quarter-finals but the result wasn’t enough to see the club progress after their first-leg loss.