Former Spurs midfielder explains why they won’t be able to sign Europe’s top talent

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Dom Le Roy

If reports in the press are to be believed, Tottenham are set to invest considerably into their squad this summer following two transfer windows in which the club failed to sign a single player (Daily Mail).

Despite the lack of investment in the playing squad along with having to play at Wembley for the majority of the season along with moving into the new stadium, Spurs have performed admirably to have secured their fourth successive top four finish in the Premier League.

Spurs are also now just one game away from being crowned as champions of Europe after progressing to the finalsof the Champions League against all odds.

There is no doubt that Spurs are finally on the path to success and given the appeal of the club making it through to European football’s most prestigious final, former Spurs midfielder Darren Anderton still thinks the club will have issues in attracting top talent due to their reluctance to pay wages in line with some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

The former England man insisted that Spurs need to break their wage structure if they wish to take the next step as a club.

Speaking to Sportingbet, Anderton said: “Tottenham’s wage structure means that regardless of whether they win the Champions League or not, they won’t be able to sign Europe’s top talent. I think that Alderweireld is the one player that has already made his decision and he won’t be at the club next season.

“At the end of the day, the very top players are going to want top money and Spurs don’t pay what United, City, Liverpool and Chelsea do. There is always going to be an issue with certain players, because whether they admit it or not they are always going to want as much money as they can get, regardless of how ridiculous all the money being thrown around is at the moment.

“If Tottenham do win the Champions League, it would make it more difficult for the likes of Eriksen and Vertonghen to walk out the door, but at the end of the day, money talks. Tottenham have an incredible stadium and an incredible manager in Pochettino. If you are a player looking in from afar, I would like to think it is a team that most players would love to come be part of and make a difference and help Tottenham challenge consistently.

“Tottenham have everything set up to go and be a top team for the next decade, but if they aren’t able to offer the big money to accompany the stadium and the manager, it’s going to be very difficult to attract the top players and keep hold of their stars.”

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Anderton is right in saying that Spurs can’t quite dine at the top table yet in terms of transfers as the club does not pay the transfer fee nor the wages required to attract world-class players.

However, there are still plenty of players out there who would improve the team without costing insane money. It is also likely that the club will slowly start relaxing its wage structure over the next few years given the recent boost to the club’s matchday and commercial income.

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  1. Sounds like Anderton is looking for a job as a pundit. Suddenly setting himself up as an authority on all things Tottenham when most fans haven’t even heard from him for years. Obviously outdated and uninformed;his opinion is not particularly newsworthy and reflects badly on the wannabee hacks who would write an article using him as an authority.


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