Tottenham Hotspur have a history of signing their best players down to long contracts, which not only keeps them at the club, but also makes it very tricky for rival teams to come in and get them on the cheap.
However, the tide seems to be turning as a number of Spurs stars are nearing the ends of the deals, when they can exit the club on a free.
I believe that the following ten players should be given new deals this season:
Toby Alderweireld – Runs out in 2020 (Football London)
The big one, in my opinion. If no other contract is signed all year, I want Levy to ensure that this one is. Alderweireld is the dominant force in that Spurs defence and you simply cannot buy a replacement for that kind of player. Poch will need to start introducing some new players into the defence, but you need some sort of experience and stability to remain.
Christian Eriksen – Runs out in 2020
This man is too talented and worth too much to let walk on a free. Spurs need to sign him up to a new deal and insert a release clause to keep the Great Dane happy. At this stage, I don’t mind if he stays long-term or is sold for big money, but I want one or the other.
Jan Vertonghen – Runs out in 2020
Like Alderweireld, Jan has been a mainstay in the defence for years. While he has had a rocky start to the season, I know he will come good again. Arguably the most consistent defender at the club and needs an extra two-year deal.
Juan Foyth – Runs out in 2022
He still has a bit left on his current deal, but if Foyth does make the step up to a regular first-team star this season, I would want to get that contract signed sooner rather than later. Looks to be a long-term investment for Spurs, so a new five-year deal is needed.
Danny Rose – Runs out in 2021
I am still not sure whether Spurs want to keep or sell Danny Rose, but I don’t want to see him leave on a free. Rose is still the club’s best left-back and I believe he is the perfect role model for Sessegnon. An extra two-year deal would be a good investment.
Eric Dier – Runs out in 2021
Has faded from an undroppable figure to a player without a single minute this season. Dier is no longer a first-team regular but he is a great all-rounder to have in the squad. If someone came in with a big bid, I would probably sell up, but a new contract is needed for now.
Erik Lamela – Runs out in 2022
Lamela looks to have turned a corner this season and has been one of the best players so far. If he can get to January without any injuries, I would hand him a new contract to keep him at the club for an extra few years.
Moussa Sissoko – Runs out in 2021
Sissoko is now one of the first names on the teamsheet under Pochettino. There are few more important midfielders at the club, and despite his age, Sissoko looks to be one of the fittest around. I think a new contract is a no-brainer.
Oliver Skipp – Runs out in 2021
I am surprised this hasn’t been sorted already. One of the brightest young talents at Tottenham and needs a new five-year deal.
Mauricio Pochettino – Runs out in 2023
I know, he isn’t a player, but the point still stands. In a period in which there is a lot of speculation around his future at Spurs, I would love to see Levy make a statement of intent and sign the gaffer up to a new five-year deal.
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