COMMENT by Abigail Withey
After their north London Derby win at the weekend, it appeared as though Tottenham had fire in their bellies and were serious about closing the gap between themselves and top-of-the-table Chelsea.
However, their feathers may be ruffled as it appears that Manchester City are interested in a number of Spurs’ defenders: Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, which follows City’s previous interest in their team-mate: Alderweireld.
Money has to be a big part in the appeal, with City having the resources to double the wages of the main men at Tottenham.
Another factor has to be the ‘Pep Effect’, although it is questionable whether leaving Mauricio Pochettino for Pep Guardiola is a sensible career move given the Argentine’s magic wand-waving in recent seasons.
But Tottenham have to remain strict on their wages owing to the demands of funding their new stadium.
The Times have reported that Walker is planning to talk to Pochettino at the end of the season due to his frustrated at his £70,000-a-week wages being dwarfed by players at rival clubs, including Leicester.
Intriguingly, scouts have reportedly been told to search for full backs on both flanks – with Rose, the England left back, also linked with City – in addition to them finding a back-up striker for Harry Kane.
Spurs’ summer transfer plans are now becoming clearer in what appears a measured approach to envious rivals casting covetous glances at something special being created at White Hart Lane.
The Tottenham boss ensured he looked calm and in control by making a point to dropping Walker against Arsenal at the weekend, and proving that the team could win the derby without him.
By preparing for Walker and Rose’s possible departure it allows Pochettino to build up his team around a new defence, which will be crucial if they want to succeed next season.
Should both Walker and Rose be heading to Manchester City over the summer, then at least there will at least be replacements in place.
So the worry and panic of losing two strong players at the back is turned around into a constructive measure for the team.
Assuming, of course, the talent spotters do their jobs by recruiting those with the potential to be ‘A’ list replacements.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have sensationally terminated the contract of one of their defenders.