Tottenham: Eriksen contract talks; Lamela pledges future; Pochettino talks transfers
After a great 2015/16 campaign, Tottenham have been trying to tie down their key players on long contracts. The team is young and if the club can keep hold of all of their stars for the next three or four years, they could really achieve something together. The confidence in this group of players is evident by the club’s lack of transfer business this summer and this approach must be applauded.
The news that Christain Eriksen turned down a new contract is a blow and it needs to be addressed quickly. The Evening Standard report that the Denmark interantional wants to join the top earners at the club and the most recent offer didn’t meet his terms. However, both the club and the player are optimistic that a deal can be reached.
Hugo Lloris is the top earner at the club, collecting £80,000 on a weekly basis. The control Spurs have over their wage bill is refreshing and shows that a quality side can be built without throwing money at the situation. The issue they have with their approach is that their best players can be tempted away by a significant pay rise. Eriksen has two years left on his deal and they need these talks over a new deal to progress, otherwise they could be in danger of losing the midfielder.
One player who is keen to stay at Spurs and excited about the future is Erik Lamela. The club record signing has been integrated slowly since Mauricio Pochettino took over and is now an important member of the first team. The growth he has shown over the last 12 months highlights that the club’s approach is effective and the faith shown in players can be repaid slowly over time.
The attacker has dismissed the idea that he could join Inter Milan this summer and that he is aiming to win the Premier League with Tottenham. The Daily Mail carries these quotes from the Argentine:
‘Ever since I came to Tottenham I’ve heard that I am supposed to be leaving. It is the same every summer. I do not know why.
‘Even when things did not go as planned at the start, I never thought about leaving.’
‘Last year we did very well by finishing third, I feel we can do even better this season.’
The Argentine has blossomed under his fellow countryman and this season could be when he lives up to his £30m price tag. He has looked sharp during the club’s pre-season tour to Australia and could finally be due to join the group of elite Premier League attackers.
After the pre-season friendly against Atletico Madrid, Mauricio Pochettino stated that he won’t be going into the market for another centre back. He is a coach who likes to place faith in young players and has been impressed by both Cameron Carter-Vickers and Anton Walkes during pre-season. He told Sky Sports:
‘Today we can see that in Cameron Carter-Vickers and Anton Walkes, and the other day with Dominc Ball, we have young and talented players and trust in them.’
‘I don’t think we need to go into the market to sign another centre-back.’
The report goes on to say that the club expect to complete a move for Georges-Kevin Nkoudou in the coming days. They will then turn their attentions to an attacking minded midfielder to add depth to their squad.
The names mentioned are Ante Coric, Youri Tielemans and Yunus Malli, all of whom fit perfectly into what Tottenham are trying to build at the club. All three are hungry to succeed, but wouldn’t demand a starting position. Tottenham already have Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli in this mould, therefore any new signing would have to play a lesser role within the squad.
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