Former Tottenham chairman Lord Sugar last night blasted suspended duo Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele, insisting the pair should be fined for the club's failure to finish second.
The midfielders missed the final two games of the season, and Alli the Chelsea game too, and Sugar urged current chairman Daniel Levy to fine them the difference between finishing in second and third place.
Delli Alli and Mousa Dembele have got a lot to answer getting banned with 3 important games to play to the end of season.— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) May 15, 2016
The Chairman of Spurs should fine Alli and Dembele the equivalent of coming 3rd to 2nd in TV money— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) May 15, 2016
The Mirror reports Tottenham will receive £22.5 million for finishing third, and Arsenal £23.7 million for finishing second. Leicester net £25 million for finishing in first place.
That would mean Alli and Dembele would be on the hook for £1.2 million combined, £600,000 each.
Not only would that be ludicrous, but the call completely misses the point.
While Alli and Dembele's absence certainly was a contributory factor in Tottenham slipping up their final matches, the duo should not be held accountable for the poor quality of replacement in the squad.
Ryan Mason and Tom Carroll showed themselves to not be good enough, and let the team down when called upon, while Nabil Bentalen's continued struggle for form and fitness meant he too was not a factor.
Tottenham would have expected that they would be able to close out the season in second place despite the suspensions to Alli and Dembele, but their inability to do so suddenly makes central midfield a pressing need in the transfer market this summer, despite their apparent strength.