Tottenham Hotspur have improved significantly in recent seasons under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino, establishing themselves as Champions League regulars.
The Argentine boss has earned plenty of plaudits for improving the fortunes of the North London side, finally ending the long wait to finish above arch-rivals Arsenal in the process, but there is still work to be done.
Spurs do not have the financial might to compete with the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United in the transfer market, while they are also still waiting to end their trophy drought despite all of their impressive performances.
With uncertainty surrounding the coming years due to the imminent stadium move, Spurs need to be wary of falling into the same struggles that Arsenal did when they moved to the Emirates Stadium – and the latest reports should have alarm bells ringing.
The Independent says Pochettino is Manchester United’s prime managerial target to replace Jose Mourinho if results for the Red Devils do not improve and losing the South American could spark a domino effect for Spurs.
If Pochettino were to leave, the likelihood of key players like Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli leaving the club would increase significantly and Spurs cannot afford the sort of fees it would take to replace that trio.
Arsenal suffered for years losing key figures to their rivals after moving stadiums and losing Pochettino would send completely the wrong message to big clubs across Europe, who could then raid Spurs’ squad for all their talent.