Former Arsenal star Ian Wright has said Tottenham must be in and among the hunt to snap up a sensational swoop for former star Gareth Bale – if he is available – to avoid Mauricio Pochettino leaving the club.
The future of the Argentinian manager has come under heavy-scrutiny following the end of the season and with Spurs’ fierce rivals Chelsea now said to be eyeing up the Lilywhites’ boss, questions will continue to be asked over whether Daniel Levy can give him what he wants.
Wright insists that what Pochettino desires is proper backing in the transfer window and that he is expecting the sort of money which can snap up Bale from Real Madrid this summer, with a failure to do so potentially sending him out of the exit door.
Writing in his column for the Sun, he said: “Mauricio Pochettino has thrown down the gauntlet — and all eyes are on Daniel Levy to see whether he picks it up.
“There was only one way to interpret the comments Poch made on Sunday. They were the words of a man who is full of frustration and saying, ‘This is the last straw.’
“He has already done a miraculous job to get Spurs where they are on the money they spend and does have some top stars there. He wants Levy to be brave and take risks and that means splashing the cash — serious cash — not trying to do it in a cut-price way.
“Take Gareth Bale, for example, who could well be available this summer.
“If he is, Spurs HAVE to be in the conversation, whether they end up getting him or not. That’s the kind of money they need to be talking. Right now Poch is saying, ‘We’re looking over the ledge but we need to crawl along. It will be dangerous but that’s what we must do to get where we want.’”
Football Insider verdict
Well, if Pochettino was not throwing the gauntlet down to Levy, the Wright certainly has. Spurs have built a reputation of building up a quality side without properly splashing the cash, which, when you look at the sort of money the club’s Premier League rivals are spending, is one massive achievement. However, to take the step to the next level, Levy is going to have to fork out more money, and whether he does so could well depend on where the future of the club lies. If he does back Pochettino, then there is every chance that success is just around the corner, for the Argentine manager has a good track record with the quality of new recruits. However, a failure to give the boss what he wants will only leave him frustrated and while he might not walk out the door straight away, it will be a challenge to keep him on if a giant side come calling over the next 12 months.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club must launch an imminent swoop as some mega spenders ready to reignite a move for on of Pochettino’s favourites.