Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has accused the club of having a “small club mentality”, citing the sale of Kyle Walker as evidence.
Walker signed for Manchester City in the summer in a transfer worth over £50million to become the most expensive British defender of all time. City are now flying high at the top of the Premier League with the right-back instantly becoming an integral figure in Pep Guardiola’s side.
In contrast, Spurs have struggled for form in the Premier League this season, taking just 5 points from a possible 18 over the past few weeks. We are at 6th place in the Premier League – although we’ve have qualified from our Champions League group as group winners.
Redknapp believes the problem might lie with the pay structure at Spurs, who reportedly have a cap of £100,000-a-week. Several players have left the club in recent years with Walker following the likes of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale out of North London.
“Letting Kyle Walker go in the summer looks like a huge mistake,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports’ The Debate show.
“I thought it was good business at the time but now what it has done is set a precedent in the dressing room.
“It looks to me that the players know what the going rate is,” the 44-year-old added.
Redknapp, who played for Spurs between 2002 and 2005, has urged Chairman Daniel Levy to stop underpaying the players in order to keep the best players at the club and revive their title challenge.
Centre-back Toby Alderweireld, who is currently out injured, could seek the exit door in the near future. In September, the Belgian’s agent expressed his displeasure at the Spurs’ board for not tying his player to an improved contract, following left-back Danny Rose’s suit.
“Toby Alderweireld is one of the best centre-backs in the world – why has he not signed? Go and give him whatever he deserves,” suggested Redknapp.
“Tottenham have got players anyone in the world would want, but things can quickly slip through your fingers. Once one leaves, then another one. It gives every player an out. They’ve still got a small club mentality there. It’s not changed since I was there.
“These players are well aware of what the going rate is. It’s about going into the England dressing room and seeing a player that plays in your position, knowing he’s getting two or three times what you’re getting a week. It shouldn’t be like that,” he concluded.
Indeed, I can understand Redknapp’s frustration. Our wage structure needs to change if we are to keep our best players at the club and challenge powerhouses like Manchester United, City and Chelsea for the title.
“Most entertaining”, “The ending…” – Some Spurs fans love latest advert featuring accommodation partner
Tottenham posted a video of their tie-up with Hotels.com, our official accommodation partner, and it was an interesting video, to say the least.
Spurs players Christian Eriksen, Michel Vorm, Ben Davies and Juan Foyth participated in some “hotel-related” drills in the two-minute long ad.
It was fun to see Eriksen and co carrying luggage around an obstacle course while the Dane also dropped drinks glasses from his tray.
🙌 Tottenham Hotspur… at your service! 👌
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 24, 2018
There were a few laughs too as Vorm wasn’t able to fold the quilt in the right manner and some of the fans saw the funny side of the video.
Tottenham haven’t started the season well and were lucky to get all three points against Brighton in our previous game. However, it was nice to see the players having a great time in the fun advert.
The video certainly was done pretty well and the ending is something to behold too.
wasn’t gonna like it, but then the ending…
— Daniel Platt (@voodoochopstiks) September 24, 2018
The most entertaining thing spurs have produced this season 👏🏽👏🏽
— Tom Rossi (@TomRossi11) September 24, 2018
Pretty funny video from the players. Dele Alli and Son should of been in that video. It would of been even better. Lets go you Spurs!
— Hugue Chery (@CheryHugue) September 24, 2018
The most entertaining thing I’ve seen from us so far this season.
— Gin🇮🇹 (@Lamela11i) September 24, 2018
Glad to see Vorm done something good, shame it was with his feet.
— MrMojoRiS1n (Iain) THFC (@TidyboyTHFC) September 24, 2018
Only thing foyth has done all season
— mjryid (@mjryid) September 24, 2018
Any of them good at wiring?
— andrew scott (@andrews78771245) September 24, 2018
🤣🤣🤣🤣 at least we have it going on off the pitch
— Jonteau Coppin (@JonteauCoppin) September 24, 2018
Pretty funny but who won? 👏😊
— Allie and Panda (@Allie48347548) September 24, 2018
“Rather buy Ndombele”, “Ship has sailed” – Some Tottenham fans are split over summer target penning new deal
Grealish was one of the stars for the Villans last season but they missed out on promotion to the Premier League.
Villa aren’t doing well in the Championship as they lie 13th with 13 points from nine games. Grealish is yet to score for his boyhood club in the ongoing term.
With his selling price doubled, as per the report, some Tottenham fans weren’t sure about the club making a move for the player while a few blamed Daniel Levy for botching the transfer.
Breaking: Jack Grealish signs new Aston Villa contract.
— Spurs-Express (@Spurs_Express) September 24, 2018
I would rather buy ndombele with that amount
— Spurs Addict (@kylehotspurs) September 24, 2018
£60m for an average championship player 😂😂😂
— Jonathan McDonald (@jonathan_coys) September 23, 2018
This ship has sailed methinks. We were interested in a bargain but lost out in the poker game because their ownership changed.
— Gareth McCarter (@g2mcc) September 23, 2018
That ship has sailed. Oliver Skipp is the one to watch at Spurs. He’s the one to come through next. Luke Amos will also get his chances in domestic cups. If we buy a midfielder there is miles better value & potential than JG imho. Eg Doucoure
— Anthony Heard (@AnthonyH7) September 23, 2018
— Nathan A Clark (@NathanAClark) September 24, 2018
@SpursOfficial have missed a trick not moving for Maddison ahead of Grealish, Maddison had a much better season but Grealish worth more money apparently. Leicester got a bargain in my opinion.
— ChrisCOYS (@ChrisCOYS2) September 24, 2018
We don’t need anyone according to Lewis, Levy and Pochettino.
— Andrew Duncan (@andrewsduncan1) September 24, 2018
Grealish signs a new 5 year deal with Villa which means he’s signing for Spurs in January for 10 mil
— Aaron Howey (@aaronhowey) September 24, 2018
Grealish to join long list of Spurs near misses that go on to become big hits, usually at Chelsea https://t.co/jZZZ5QvEQW
— Tom Allnutt (@TomAllnuttAFP) September 24, 2018
(Video) Watch Tottenham’s new stadium’s artificial pitch lights functioning as work continues
Tottenham’s new stadium is inching towards completion as another new time-lapse video of our home was put up on YouTube.
The latest video shows a lot of pavement work being done outside. And the most interesting aspect of the clip is of our pitch.
Cranes can be seen operating on the surface inside the stadium. Once the vehicles leave, our artificial lighting can be seen moving about and illuminating the surface.
There is a lot of work still to be done on the exteriors and Tottenham haven’t communicated as to when our new home would be completed.
We had reported that Spurs quashed suggestions that the venue would not be ready before 2019.
Another allegation related to drug and alcohol abuse by the workers in the stadium was also refuted.
Tottenham had earlier claimed that the venue would be complete by 15th September, which was our clash against Liverpool.
Although a lot of effort is being taken to ensure the home is finished as quickly as possible, it is frustrating to see the stadium not looking close to completion as the pitch hasn’t been installed yet.
The planning for the stadium seems way off at the moment but hopefully, the team can produce a string of wins and take our minds off this delayed timeline.
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