Three Tottenham players who need big Euro 2020 performances to impress new manager
Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping for a brighter tomorrow with a new manager arriving to take over from Jose Mourinho. But a few players head into the summer needing strong performances at Euro 2020 to show they deserve a future in north London.
Whoever Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy names to fill the hotseat will want to stamp their own mark on the squad. Tottenham endured a miserable 2020/21 finishing the Premier League campaign in seventh place while eliminated from the Europa League in the Round of 16.
The future of Harry Kane will also be a hot topic, having expressed desires of leaving (Sky Sports). His departure could spark an exodus of top talents, with players doubting what success can be achieved at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the future at Euro 2020.
Losing Kane and the potential exodus would be a challenge for any manager to replace. Thus, a competitive squad is a must and those on the fringes or facing uncertain futures need to deliver and show what they can offer.
Joe Rodon: Swansea star to Spurs sub
Tottenham spent £11million (BBC) to sign Joe Rodon from Swansea City in October but the move has not worked out. The defender was considered by some to be worth a lot more than what Levy paid, but Rodon has spent most of his Spurs career so far as a substitute.
Rodon made just 14 appearances between Mourinho and Ryan Mason’s interim spell in charge. Of those, only eight came from starting roles during Premier League fixtures and he was omitted from each possible Europa League matchday squad.
Mourinho and Mason were without Rodon in the Carabao Cup as he was cup-tied, but the 23-year-old only featured for 91 minutes over three possible FA Cup games. The Tottenham outcast remained a Wales regular in that time and will now hope to have a good Euro 2020 to turn his fortunes around.
Rodon may need a strong showing for Wales at Euro 2020 if he is to show potential Tottenham managers that he deserves a key role in north London next season, having so far failed to make the grade.
Moussa Sissoko: Euro 2020 to save Tottenham career?
Tottenham awarded Moussa Sissoko a new contract in 2019 keeping the midfielder at the club for four more years. But just half-way through those terms, the Frenchman could be on the way out with football.london’s Alasdair Gold suggesting a transfer may be on the cards.
Sissoko was a firm favourite under Mauricio Pochettino during the Argentine’s tenure. His longest non-injury or suspension related spell out of the Premier League side following a £30million move from Newcastle United in 2016 lasted just three games.
He started all 12 top-flight fixtures in what proved to be Pochettino’s final swansong before being fired in 2019. But towards the end of Mourinho’s tenure, the bench had started to become his home and that continued under Mason who awarded him just a single minute of action.
Sissoko will hope that a new manager will offer a fresh start if he still sees his future in north London. The £80,000-per-week midfielder will likely need to play regularly and impress at Euro 2020, though, it any potential Tottenham head coaches are to look fondly on him.
Hugo Lloris: Tottenham exit to follow Euro 2020?
Hugo Lloris is another who may have played their final game for Tottenham before jetting off to compete at Euro 2020. The Sun report the Spurs captain rejected an offer of a new contract with his current £100k-p/w deal set to expire next summer.
Tottenham have already begun searching for a replacement, with Kicker recently citing VfB Stuttgart’s Gregor Kobel as an option. He is, however, set to join Borussia Dortmund for €15m (£13m), per Bild.
Missing out on Kobel could see Spurs revisit Lloris’ situation and try to lock the Frenchman into a longer-term contract, although the new manager would have the final say. And there are no guarantees that the new head coach will want Lloris as their number one after the 34-year-old endured a difficult 2020/21 campaign.
The vastly experienced 123-cap shot-stopper was not without his mistakes. He suffered a key strike against him in the FA Cup fifth round at Everton as there was far more he could have done to prevent Spurs from exiting the competition. Much like parts of his season. Could it now be Euro 2020 or bust at Tottenham?
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