Stan Collymore: Levy must avoid repeating this mistake with Tottenham
By Harvey Byrne
Outspoken pundit Stan Collymore believes Daniel Levy must ensure that each of Tottenham’s current stars remains at the club.
The north London club have had a number of big names in recent years, including Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart with each eventually moving on from the side.
Now, Spurs have seemingly recouped a number of stars in recent years in the forms of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and manager Mauricio Pochettino to name a few.
Collymore believes chairman Levy must now retain the club’s key individuals and has specifically brought up the departure of Bale as to creating a “mess” at the prestigious English club and has urged that the businessman doesn’t repeat a similar mistake.
“Will they reach the heights of the United boys? Probably not, that was something of its time. Spurs will have to ride out rumours about Poch being in a restaurant with the Real Madrid tea lad, or Dele Alli buying a Man United mug from the Trafford centre, you know the stuff,” wrote Collymore in his column for BoyleSport.
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“If Daniel Levy, a notoriously thin-skinned man when it comes to media and the perception of him, can do one thing to dispel negativity about the intentions of the owners (they are doing step one with the stadium taking shape underneath them), it will be not only to tie these fine young players down to contracts, but to also provide the manager with the tools to continue the job. And that means a marriage of this super-tight team with one or two big hitters.
“Daniel gave the red light before remember, after Bale left. But it was too excited. Too many players from too many different systems. Too soon. And it became a mess that had a silver lining, as Spurs were basically forced to play Kane, look at youth investment and hey presto!”
Tottenham finished in fifth place in the year that saw Bale leave for Real Madrid for a world-record £85.3million fee.
They then struggled to a sixth place finish before another fifth placing two years later in 2015.
Last season saw some fine progression at the club as they finished in third and earned themselves a Champions League spot and they are now currently sat in second place in the Premier League table with seven matches of the season left.
The club has been very proactive in sealing new deals for their stars in the past year and fans will certainly be hoping the club keeps hold of their key men this time around as they aim for more progression.
In other Tottenham news, Eden Hazard has given his verdict on the title race.