How a potential agreement could leave Tottenham with problems over new stadium

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A ground share with a London based NFL side could make it difficult for Tottenham Hotspur to play pure football at their new stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur fans will soon have to contemplate trips to Milton Keynes for home games, while their new stadium at White Hart Lane is completed.

The upgrade to a 56,000 seat stadium is something, which will benefit the club moving forward but what makes no sense are reports that the club will share their new stadium with a London based NFL franchise.

Several NFL games are now based in London every year, with Tottenham’s new ground tipped to be the home, or one of the homes, of a UK based side.

Should Spurs agree to any ground share with an NFL team, it may benefit them financially, but it doesn’t make sense in terms of the pure and silky way that Mauricio Pochettino will want his team to play football.

A situation similar to what happened at Wembley before the England v Slovenia game could develop, where the travelling side were critical of the state Wembley had been left in following an NFL game.

Slovenian officials claimed that the centre of the pitch had become completely ruined, which made it difficult for them to play football through midfield, although England boss Roy Hodgson was less critical of the situation.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is a businessman and if any partnership would allow Spurs to benefit and invest heavily in the transfer market, as well as increasing the amount the club can pay in wages, Pochettino may accept the situation.

However, if physical performances start to become affected and Spurs suffer as a result of any ground share, serious questions are going to be asked.

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