Former England striker Stan Collymore has suggested Tottenham Hotspur need to question if they really want to be in Europe for next season.
Former Aston Villa and Liverpool player Stan Collymore suggested on talkSPORT that Tottenham Hotspur have to question whether they really want to compete in Europe next season.
Tottenham are currently outside the top four, with a slim chance of securing a Champions League place and Europa League football on Thursday nights for next season looking the most likely outcome.
“What Tottenham need to ask themselves is do we really want to go traipsing around Russia? Do we really want to be going all over Europe? – You could argue it’s unprofessional but it sweeps around the dressing room,” said Collymore.
There is evidence to suggest that should Tottenham finish without European football for next season, it may actually benefit them.
Liverpool were not hampered by Europe last season and very nearly won the Premier League, while Manchester United have consolidated as a top four club under Louis van Gaal without the restrictions of Europe in the current campaign.
The obvious benefit of Tottenham not having Europe hanging over them for next season is fewer games and more time on the training field for Mauricio Pochettino to work on the weaknesses of individuals and the team.
The problem is that extra cash which is generated by Europe and how missing out on that would be perceived by the club’s chairman Daniel Levy.
Tottenham are currently in seventh place, two points behind Southampton just above them. They have six games left and time to improve their Premier League standing, but if they miss out on Europe altogether, it may not be so bad.