By Richard Parks
Jamie Redknapp has slammed Tottenham for freezing out Toby Alderweireld and urged the board to smash the wage structure to catapult the team to trophies.
Spurs lost their eighth consecutive FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, which means their trophy-less sequence has been extended to a decade.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are on course to qualify for the Champions League for a third consecutive season but they have again fallen short when it comes to securing the top prizes.
Redknapp highlighted the mistake of omitting Alderweireld in recent months for snubbing a new contract when he is a superior player to Davinson Sanchez.
“Once again it’s a case of so near yet so far with Tottenham. Unless they break their wage structure, nothing will change,” Redknapp wrote in his weekly Mail column.
“First Kyle Walker was allowed to join Manchester City, strengthening a direct rival. Now, they risk a similar situation with Toby Alderweireld, who is out of contract and out of favour.
“The Belgian is a warrior, a leader and one of the Premier League’s best centre backs. While Davinson Sanchez has done well, would Alderweireld have lost the aerial duel with Romelu Lukaku that led to United’s winner at Wembley?
“Unless Spurs stop being so stubborn, they cannot expect to reach the next level.”
Football Insider verdict:
With a wage bill dwarfed by those of their Premier League big-hitting rivals, not to mention Europe’s elite clubs, it is a huge achievement that Spurs have punched above their weight so consistently under Pochettino in the last three seasons. But there is a sense that the team is beginning to slowly fall apart as they will not pay the top wages to players who know they can earn them elsewhere. Freezing out Alderweireld has been criticised relentlessly by supporters on social media, who all know he is a far superior centre-back to the emerging Sanchez. When it has really mattered – against United and Juventus – the brilliant Belgian was sorely missed. Spurs have got so much right, but they can’t afford to pay mid-range wages to top-range players. It’s a fool’s economy.
In other Tottenham news, it can be revealed that the club have been handed a stunning £52million windfall.