By David Woods

10th Aug, 2017 | 2:14pm

Ticking time bomb: Tottenham summer backfires on Levy, Rose just tip of iceberg - view

COMMENT by Harry Sykes

Tottenham’s summer has just got a whole lot worse.

It wasn’t a vintage one before defender Danny Rose thought it was a good idea to give an extraordinarily ill-advised interview to the Sun.

Let’s just stick to the stats for starters – with a day to go until the new Premier League season starts, Spurs are the only team in the top flight who haven’t signed a player.

And that’s on the back of a fantastic campaign where they finished runners-up to Chelsea and under manager Mauricio Pochettino, looked capable of making a charge at the title this season.

That looks extremely unlikely now.

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For not only have Spurs not strengthened like all their rivals, they’ve lost Kyle Walker to Premier League rivals Manchester City.

It doesn’t take a genius to point out this is not going to end well.

The other simmering problem – more of a ticking time bomb if we’re honest – is that Spurs aren’t paying their stars enough money. And they know it.

According to the Mirror in May, Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane are the best-paid Spurs players on £100k-a-week, with Danny Rose on £70k-a-week and Eric Dier on £50k.

No matter how much they love Poch, they could earn much, much more at a different club.

Danny Rose broke cover in spectacular fashion today and if you read between the lines in his interview he says everything that Daniel Levy doesn’t want to hear.

And let’s not kid oursevles, he knew exactly what he was saying and what impact it would have.

It’s basically a come-and-get-me plea to Man United.

“I am reaching my peak and have probably only got one big contract left in me. I will play up north. I don’t know exactly when, but I will get back up north and play some football somewhere.”

Hmm, up north? Rose is aware that Manchester United have shown interest in him recently – the Evening Standard reported that he was flattered.

“Time is running out and I do want to win trophies.”

Despite Tottenham’s recent resurgence, they last won a trophy, the League Cup, in 2008.

That could have changed this year but Rose’s comments certainly won’t have helped things.

“I’m not saying I want out, but if something came to me that was concrete, I’d have no qualms about voicing my opinions to anyone at the club.”

That’s fighting talk and Pochettino won’t like that one bit.

“I am not playing as well as I have done not to get paid what I think I am worth.”

Rose last played for Spurs in January, a fact that hasn’t escaped Gary Neville, who tweeted the following:

And this is the nub. He might well have done the interview under advice, but if he did he needs to get a new representative.

Regardless of Rose’s own situation, a pipe bomb like this on the eve of the Premier League starting is unforgivable.

But now the issue is out in the open, Tottenham can’t ignore it.

First Kyle Walker, now potentially Danny Rose… These players aren’t leaving because they don’t like Spurs or Poch. It’s exciting times at Tottenham.

They’re leaving because they want to be paid what they think they deserve – what the market dictates, right or wrong – and they know that’s not going to happen under Daniel Levy.

We wouldn’t be surprised if Rose leaves. And we wouldn’t be surprised if, in a few years’ time, Spurs fans look back at this incident and how their club’s being run, and shake their heads at what might have been.

As it is we can see regression this year – and possibly a Premier League finish outside of the top four.

And that could even see Pochettino question his position.

In other Tottenham news, Ian Wright has named more Spurs players than Arsenal in his 2017-18 dream team.

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