Stan Collymore: This is my only hope for Tottenham
By Harvey Byrne
Outspoken pundit Stan Collymore has lavished Tottenham with praise after the 2016-17 season which saw them achieve a second placed finish in the Premier League.
But, he has also stated his “only hope” for the club now is that key individuals like Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Mauricio Pochettino remain instead of chasing short term goals.
The trio have been pivotal in Spurs’ successful campaign with Kane leading the goal charts, while Pochettino has orchestrated the team and Alli has found the net an incredible 18 times in 37 league matches from a midfield position.
However, with this success also attracts some of Europe’s biggest clubs and there are regular links for several of the team’s stars to move away from north London.
But, Collymore is clearly a big fan of the the current Tottenham team and he has urged the club’s key men to remain and make the Premier League their own.
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“Forget the trolls who say ‘but they didn’t win anything’. Neither did Barcelona for donkey’s years in the Champions League until they built up enough momentum, expertise and confidence to feel like ‘Me Que Un Club’,” wrote Collymore in his column for Boyle Sports.
“Success, as (Alex Ferguson) Fergie would tell you, takes time, but the evidence is overwhelmingly good. A quality manager, a tightly knit team, a world class training complex, ex-pros (like Ugo Ehiogu) who didn’t even play for the club, embraced, and a stadium move that guarantees a high profile, glamorous home for players to play in.
“My only hope is that Kane, Alli and co, even Poch, don’t see short term gains elsewhere and decide to play the long game and stay.
“A gamble for the modern ‘I want it all now’ footballer, but if they do, not only North London will be theirs, the whole league could be.”
Pochettino took charge of Tottenham in the summer of 2014 after taking Southampton from a relegation battling side to one fighting for a top 10 spot in the Premier League.
He was responsible for bringing Alli to the club in the 2015 winter window and he also got the best out of academy graduate Kane, who is now considered among the best striker’s in the world.
Fans will now certainly be hoping their side remains unscathed from buyers when the season starts again in August.
In other Tottenham news, Thierry Henry has given his verdict on Spurs’ title chances next season.