Tottenham Hotspur’s failure to finish in the top four of the Premier League and establish themselves as a real force in English football in recent years has seen them lose many top-class players.
Gareth Bale, Dimitar Berbatov and Luka Modric are among those to have left White Hart Lane in the last few years, and fans would be forgiven for fearing that Hugo Lloris could follow in their footsteps next summer.
Lloris is arguably the only world-class player in the current Tottenham squad, and one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.
It is hard to envisage him playing for Spurs next season if Mauricio Pochettino’s side are yet again unable to finish in the Champions League places.
The same could be said about Harry Kane, if he has a superb campaign once more. The England international was arguably the best young striker in the Premier League last season, and if he does well this term, then he could be the subject of intense speculation next summer.
Losing Lloris or Kane would be a blow to Tottenham, but perhaps parting company with Christian Eriksen at the end of the season would be even more detrimental.
The Denmark international has been on the books of Spurs since 2013 and is one of the better attacking midfielders in the Premier League.
The 23-year-old is arguably the most talented outfield player in the current Tottenham squad, and is the creator-in-chief.
Last season, the Dane scored 10 goals and created 83 chances in 38 Premier League appearances, while during the 2013-14 campaign he found the target seven times and created 68 chances in 25 league matches.
So far this term, Eriksen has scored two goals and created 11 chances in five Premier League matches.
If Eriksen has yet another good season, it is almost certain that bigger clubs will come in for him.
Would Tottenham be able to hang onto the Dane? Would Spurs be able to fend off interest from big Champions League clubs if they are unable to finish in the top four?