By Richard Parks
Tottenham are heading for trouble unless Daniel Levy intervenes to stop the impending talent drain at the club this summer.
Jamie Redknapp has warned in the Daily Mail that he expects Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose to quit White Hart Lane in the coming weeks.
The former Spurs midfielder and high-profile pundit predicted transfer window pain for followers of the club and called on the money men to back manager Mauricio Pochettino with funds or face an unravelling of a hugely promising team.
“It’s also a pivotal summer for Tottenham,” he wrote in the Mail. “Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose — all key men in the last three years — could be heading for the exit. As West Ham and Arsenal have shown, moving to a new stadium is not always easy.
“Spurs are not on the same playing field financially as Manchester City but they will have to spend to keep competing with the best.”
It is hard to disagree with Redknapp’s assertion that money men Joe Lewis and Levy must throw caution to the wind and back Pochettino properly in the forthcoming window.
The Argentine has delivered a few hints of late that he is not entirely happy with the frugal policy in place at White Hart Lane, as the club watch the pennies and save for the jawdropping cost of the new stadium, which some estimates suggest could reach as much as £1billion.
If Spurs were to lose Alderweireld, Rose and Dembele, they would be expected to coin in over £100million for three proven and experienced Premier League players who have each been as good as anyone in their position in the division in the last three seasons.
Certainly, centre-back Alderweireld is worth £40million at current market rates, even though he has turned 29 and has a year remaining on his contract. Rose is two years younger and is worth a similar fee, while Dembele should be able to earn Spurs over £20million even though he is 31 in July and approaching the final 12 months of his deal.
Despite the prospect of a nine figure windfall, Levy must halt their exits and keep all three at the club. Sourcing replacements of similar quality is a risky and virtually impossible business, as Spurs proved when bringing in Serge Aurier following the exit of Kyle Walker last summer.
There is a sense that Tottenham are at a crossroads this summer, and the path they take will have huge repercussions for years to come.
Ultimately, any club that keeps on selling their best players will eventually become a cropper. Just ask Southampton.
In other Tottenham news, it has been revealed by a club insider that Spurs are working on sensational deals to sign dazzling duo, and the arrival of a WORLD-CLASS player who would light up the new stadium is also on the cards.