Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hostpur have had a phenomenal campaign and quite understandably, some of his sides standout performers have attracted interest from Europe’s big boys.
There’s no doubt about the fact that Spurs have been the Premier League’s best and most consistent side for two seasons now. Their manager has an unambiguous philosophy and has been able to successfully disseminate it to a youthful yet talented squad.
Pochettino is a hard taskmaster and demands an awful lot from his players in training – sometimes conducting triple sessions in a day. You’d wonder how an established superstar would react to such a demanding training environment but the fact that Spurs’ squad is littered with eager-to-learn youngsters helps their Argentine managers cause.
Players like Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane have embraced the former Espanyol man’s diligent training methods, thereby transforming the raw potential they possess into genuine world-class ability in the process. And unsurprisingly enough, they’re now putting forth a strong case for themselves to be regarded as one of the best in their respective positions on the pitch.
Whilst Walker and Rose have risen to become the best full-back pairing in the league (arguably, of course), the triumvirate of Eriksen, Alli and Kane has been of the most potent attacks in the country, sharing 43 goals and 22 assists amongst themselves.
Walker and Rose have both been linked with big money moves to both Manchester United and Manchester City, as City boss Pep Guardiola continues his efforts to strengthen his side’s full-back spots. Alli has been closely monitored by the likes of Real Madrid and Man City, while Kane has been on the radar of Premier League and foreign clubs looking for a world-class goalscorer.
You wonder which of the aforementioned players will be heading for a White Hart Lane exit this summer, given the fact that all of them have had the choicest of seasons and grabbed the eyeballs of Europe’s elite outfits.
However, history provides ample amount of evidence as to how Spurs and their chairman Daniel Levy are a nightmare to negotiate with. It doesn’t matter if you’re the biggest club in the land, the north London outfit usually get the sum they want for their star performers. This sentiment was echoed by Pochettino is a press conference when he was asked about the prospect of his club facing a summer exodus. The Argentine said:
“The players that will leave the club is always a club decision. All the players have contract for the next two or three years minimum and we are not worried.
“I invite the clubs who want players from Tottenham to visit the training ground and meet our chairman.
The intentions of the club are there for everyone to see. As many expected, Spurs have indicated that they won’t be mere pushovers and settle for mediocre sums for their superstars. And given how inflated the transfer market currently is, they might end up getting more than what they expect for their star players this summer.