Cracks are starting to show in Tottenham’s way of doing business.
No team has performed better in the Premier League over the past two seasons than Tottenham.
The side’s first XI is arguably the strongest in the division and the north Londoners have arrived at that point not by spending big in the transfer market or offering huge wages to established stars, but by spotting talent early on and developing them.
To many, that is a very admirable way of reaching success. However, cracks are beginning to show in that philosophy, to the point that the team they’ve built is in danger of falling apart completely.
It is well-known that Spurs don’t offer wages more than £100k per week to their players. That fact has become a topic for debate recently, after the club’s left-back, Danny Rose, aired frustrations over his salary to the Sun.
Rose says he knows what he is worth and he is adamant that he deserves to be paid accordingly. Considering he is England’s first choice in his position, he can hardly be argued with either.
In a report by the Telegraph, Walker said winning trophies was his motivation to move on. But the chance to double his wages at the Etihad Stadium as he enters his prime is sure to have played a part too.
Eric Dier is another Tottenham star that has courted interest during the transfer window, with the Guardian suggesting that the versatile England international was open to a £50m move to Manchester United in July.
Those three aside, a number of other Spurs stars could earn significantly more elsewhere.
Daniel Levy is, according to the Mirror, unwilling to change a wage structure that has helped build the best Premier League side Tottenham have ever had. And that is his decision to make as the club’s chairman.
But with Rose’s grievances now out in the open and other players like Toby Alderweireld yet to sign new deals, keeping the talented group together may prove a very tough task.