Ray Parlour predicts Tottenham will encounter Arsenal-like scenario due to new stadium

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Ray Parlour thinks Tottenham's new stadium could set them back on the pitch.

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has told The Sport Review that Tottenham could struggle for a few years after the completion of their new stadium.

Spurs are in the process of building a brand new stadium, with chairman Daniel Levy releasing a statement on the club's official website, accompanied by images of plans for the ground.

The move to the 61,000-seater stadium, located next to White Hart Lane, is seen as a big step in the right direction for Spurs, who have been at White Hart Lane since 1898.

Fans are naturally excited about the move, but former Arsenal midfielder Parlour has told The Sport Review that Spurs could struggle in the years after the stadium's construction - just as the Gunners did following their move to the Emirates Stadium.

"They might have the same scenario as Arsenal did, where they don’t have a lot of money to spend on players and the most important thing is staying in that area in that competitive nature," said Parlour.

"It is tough, with the resources you have to use to move stadium – we saw Arsenal struggle to win trophies. Tottenham need to get a new stadium – it will be great for the supporters of Spurs. That is the next level for them and they’ve seen what The Emirates has brought to Arsenal. I’m sure Chelsea will be trying to build a new stadium as well."

"Arsenal have had that period where the money was going into the stadium and they couldn’t buy players, but now they’re out of it. Tottenham will probably go through that period as well," he added.

Bringing through young talent

With Tottenham possibly unable to splash out on big signings upon the opening of their new stadium due to the huge cost of construction, the focus will certainly be on building their own talent to save having to spend in the transfer market.

The likes of Danny Rose, Nabil Bentaleb, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane must develop even more in the coming years, whilst keeping Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen will also be key for Spurs.

Arsenal are out of that tough period and have splashed out for the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez - the calibre of players Spurs will hope to attract once they have settled in to their new stadium in 2018.

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