According to a report in the Evening Standard, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has made an assurance to his players that their contract situations will not have any impact on his team selections.
The Argentine has never been shy of leaving out players who had contract-related or other disputes in the past as observed previously with the likes of Kyle Walker and Toby Alerweireld.
However, this report asserts that the Spurs boss has told his squad that they do not have to worry about their personal contract situations affecting their chances of being selected.
Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen all have just a year left on their contract with the club while Danny Rose still has two years on his deal.
While Alderweireld and Rose started against Aston Villa last Saturday, Eriksen came on as a second-half substitute while Vertonghen was completely omitted from the matchday squad.
The above report claims that Eriksen was left out of the team as a precaution after he underwent groin surgery in June while Pochettino was not completely satisfied with Vertonghen’s fitness levels in pre-season.
Spurs Web Opinion
As long as the players are focused and professional, then their contract situations shouldn’t affect their on-field performances. Eriksen certainly proved against Villa that he still has the right mentality while Alderweireld has always been a consistent performer despite his contract issues.
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