By Derek Smithson
Graeme Souness believes that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will face a huge ultimatum next summer regardless of how their current season goes.
Spurs are working on a modest budget compared to some of their main league rivals and most fans believe they will need to break their wage structure if they are to remain competitive at the top.
The North London club have competed for the Premier League title in the last two seasons and manager Mauricio Pochettino has built a very exciting young squad.
However, Sky Sports pundit Souness has predicted that Levy will be left in a tricky predicament in 12 months time when it comes to negotiating a new deal with their star player.
He feels that their key men will demand a move if they go another season without silverware, while also stating that Levy will have to seriously adjust the wages if they are successful during this campaign.
“Tottenham are looking at two scenarios: they’ve a miserable season and they’re not qualifying for the Champions League or getting anywhere near the Premier League,” Souness told The 42. “And then the star players will leave because they’ll say they want to be winning trophies and they’ll point to the lack of investment.
“The other scenario is that they actually win the Champions League or the Premier League. Then they’re all knocking on the door saying ‘I’m a Champions League winner’ or ‘I’m a Premier League winner’ and ‘you have to treble my wages’.
“So 12 months from now, Daniel Levy is facing a difficult round of negotiations with several of his Tottenham players.”
Spurs have managed to establish themselves as a top-four side recently and are set to be in the running yet again this season.
However, several of their main rivals have strengthened considerably and the two Manchester club are both desperate to win the title.
Pochettino managed to keep hold of the majority of his star players in the summer, with Kyle Walker’s move to Manchester City the only exception.
The likes of Harry Kane, Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli will be desperate to win some silverware with Spurs this season and supporters are already dreading losing their high-profile players next summer.
In other Tottenham news, Ian Wright has predicted the upcoming clash against Everton.