Tottenham Hotspur have indicated something of a change of tact this week, as they look to get their house in order ahead of the new season. Last weekend saw Harry Kane sign a new deal at the club worth around £200,000-a-week. Reports this week are suggesting Dele Alli is next in line, with a £100,000-a-week salary being mentioned.
Such wages were once a pipe dream under the chairmanship of Daniel Levy at Tottenham Hotspur. It has long been one of the key reasons why Spurs have struggled to keep up with the big boys. At the end of the day, other teams have been willing to pay Tottenham’s stars what the club were stubborn enough to refuse.
It was an admirable trait, but one which certainly left Spurs at risk of losing their better players going forward.
Now, with talk of Christian Eriksen, Heung-min Son and Eric Dier all being lined up for pay-rises, it appears Tottenham have finally decided to up their pay grades.
It is a welcome change, one which fans will hope can see the club keep their best players for years to come.
However, it has surely still come too late for two of the current crop. Belgian pair Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele are currently locked in something of a battle over their own contracts.
Spurs are refusing to pay big wages to two of the club’s older first-team members. They are also unwilling to offer them the length of contract being put on the table by those chasing their current signature.
Whilst Tottenham appear to be upping the salary bracket, it does not look like that applies for those in or approaching their 30s.
Daniel Levy will see them as commodities with a dwindling market value, especially given the pair’s injury problems.
Tottenham, it seems, are finally moving into the new era when it comes to wages for their star players. That should be commended, as they can now finally fight off competition.
However, for Alderweireld and Dembele, the change has come a little too late.