As Tottenham prepare for their final game at White Hart Lane, the club stands at a crossroads.
Fans are reminded to look to the future just by standing in the building site that surrounds the Paxton end of the stadium, but their real destiny lies in what happens on the pitch.
Mauricio Pochettino joked in his press conference last week that Spurs would be champions of a league measuring transfer rumours. Sadly, though, it’s inevitable that their players are going to be linked with moves away for as long as the board keeps their strict wage structure in place.
Last year, Harry Kane became the first player in the club’s history to breach the £100,000-a-week mark. All of Spurs’ most influential players have committed to new deals in the last 18 months, with the two exceptions of Toby Alderweireld, and Victor Wanyama, the latter having only signed from Southampton in the summer.
The concern among the supporters is that players as highly-valued as Spurs’ key men supposedly are, do not earn £50,000-a-week, and there will be other clubs more than willing to fork out those sums.
The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust have raised the issue of new deals in a meeting with the board, but chairman Daniel Levy indicated he would not be pressured into awarding extensions because of another progressive season.
The minutes read:
“DL [Levy] said all players were under contracts, contracts they were happy to sign at the time.
“They would be expected to honour those contracts. They wouldn’t have had a reduction if things had gone badly.”
Yet, on a more positive note, Levy also added that “no player would be sold who Tottenham didn’t want to sell for non-footballing reasons.”
It remains to be seen whether Levy’s stubbornness will be to Spurs’ detriment this summer.