Tottenham Hotspur could potentially face a summer exodus if they fail to reach the Champions League this summer, according to Premier League legend Paul Ince.
Harry Kane is the obvious example, but Ince reckons Son Heung-min, Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli could also consider their futures if they face another season outside of Europe’s elite competition.
In the last decade, Tottenham became one of the Premier League’s top teams, regularly finishing in the top four, mounting title challenges and reaching the 2019 Champions League final.
However, Spurs still haven’t lifted a trophy since 2008, when they overcame Chelsea to lift the League Cup at Wembley.
This season, Tottenham are still in the running for the League Cup, but despite such high hopes at the start of the season, are no longer in contention for the Premier League, Europa League or FA Cup.
In addition, Spurs currently sit seventh in the Premier League table, six points adrift of the top four, so they’re not exactly on course for Champions League qualification either.
“I don’t think it would just be Harry Kane – I think two or three or four would be willing to leave (if Spurs don’t secure Champions League football),” Ince said on Matchday Live on Optus Sport.
“The style of Mourinho, at Inter or Madrid, has always been that way. Because they started the season so well, everyone bought into it, they were talking about winning the title and (qualifying for) the Champions League. All of a sudden, it is not working anymore.
“The Tottenham fans weren’t going mad when they were top of the table early season, they were saying ‘this is great, we’re winning games’. As soon as things start to go wrong, whether it is internally or Mourinho upsetting players… the way they’re going at the moment, you don’t know what you’re going to get.
“People like Harry Kane, Son (Heung-min), (Hugo) Lloris, (Dele) Alli, you’re talking about four players who could leave if they don’t get into the Champions League. Tottenham have got one of the best stadiums in the world, they’ve got to have the team now.”
Two years on from reaching the Champions League final, Spurs look like a shadow of their former selves.
Although they have delivered some impressive displays this season, those have been offset by some woeful performances and results.
The mood is low amongst Spurs fans at present and there’s no doubt a lot of players need to come in this summer to replace those who haven’t impressed and potentially those who leave in search of silverware.