Report: Spurs first-team players question the need for wage cuts amidst COVID-19

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Tottenham’s first-team players are reportedly unwilling to take cut pay-cuts and have questioned why they would be necessary, according to a report in the Telegraph.

The club initially decided to deduct 20 per cent of the wages of all non-playing staff and put them on the Government’s furlough scheme, before reversing the decision after receiving public scrutiny.

It has now emerged that the club are no closer to agreeing on a wage cut or deferral deal with their playing staff following this change.

The Telegraph reports that the Spurs squad will receive their salaries for April in full today, despite Daniel Levy asking the players to step up and take wage-cuts a month ago.

The report reveals that, despite Arsenal agreeing a 12.5 per cent cut with the majority of their squad, the Spurs players question whether it is necessary, particularly given that even the likes of West Ham United, Watford, Southampton, Sheffield United and Aston Villa have settled on deferrals.

It is said that the squad is more open to negotiations over deferrals than cuts.

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Given the tight salary structure of the club, some first-team players at Spurs will feel that they are underpaid and thus are less likely to agree on wage cuts in comparison with some of our rivals. I suspect that there will be an agreement to defer a portion of the wages until there is more clarity.

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