Richard Keys: This Tottenham mainstay is leaving and his 25-yr-old star colleague could easily go as well
By Harry Sykes
TV sports anchor Richard Keys has claimed that Kyle Walker is quitting Tottenham and Christian Eriksen could follow his teammate out of the exit door.
Walker’s future is shrouded in doubt after he was dropped to the substitute’s bench for five of Spurs’ last nine matches, including key fixtures against Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.
This comes amid reports that the England right-back, 26, is being strongly pursued by Manchester City and has held talks with Mauricio Pochettino about his future.
Danish playmaker Eriksen has been a mainstay of the Spurs team all season and there has been little speculation that he could quit.
But beIN Sports host Keys, who also spent two decades as the anchor of Sky Sports in the UK, is convinced that Eriksen could follow Walker out of White Hart Lane as he delivered his verdict on a season that will end with Tottenham in second place.
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“I’m disappointed for Spurs,” Keys wrote in his personal blog. “They’re the team I enjoyed watching this season more than any other, but sadly a poor January cost them.
“My fear for this group is that they might never get any closer. I’m with Tim Sherwood – I just can’t see them winning a title out of Wembley. Walker is leaving this summer, Eriksen could just as easily go as well and if he does – then what?
“Why do I believe he might leave? Well, because it would follow a long standing ‘Daniel Levy’ transfer pattern. Historically he’s always sold a player for the best price – that means at the top of their game and at the right age.
“He’s had Ross Barkley earmarked as a replacement for some time now, but after a recent meeting with Barkley’s representatives in London I’m told Spurs aren’t as convinced as they were. Watch this space.”
Keys’ view that Barkley could replace Eriksen is one that will concern Spurs fans are keen for the team that has been transformed by Pochettino in the last three years to stay together and thrive as they prepare for the new stadium move in 2018.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have sensationally terminated the contract of one of their defenders.