Three players destined to leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer
As much as they are lauded for their expansive football, consistency and progression of their English contingent, Tottenham still have not won a trophy since 2008.
Because they’ve been able to transition from a top six side, to a top four side on the periphery of being title contenders under Pochetino. Every season, they always have a four or five game stretch which scuppers any prospects of a better finish than where they actually end, just like what’s happened this season. The first half of this campaign particularly was bright, most notably when they topped their Champions League group, which contained Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. Momentary lapses against Juventus cost them dearly while the inability to kill off United coupled with their one style of playing consigned them to another season without a trophy. Now, some players have been enlightened and look like they’re on their way out and here are the three players I see moving on this summer.
Less than 18 months ago, Rose was widely regarded as England’s top left back, getting regular game time as part of the Spurs side that emphatically ended the phenomenon of St. Totteringham’s Day. He was part of a strong English contingent expertly cultivated by an Argentine that looked ready to take over this season and dominate for some time. Now, continual knee troubles have caused him to be displaced by Kieran Tripper, subsequently starting just four games in 2018.
Is it just a coincidence that this has happened in the season after the former Leeds graduate publicly stated that the club needed a marquee signing in the summer? He remains the longest-serving player at the club having joined in 2007, but still yet to make 200 appearances for the white half of North London. He was heavily linked with Manchester United as the solution to Mourinho’s left-back problems. This might be the summer where that deal gets done as he’s now entering his prime and will want first-team football.
The former Atletico Madrid centre-back’s campaign has been plagued by hamstring injuries, stretching back to November. The Belgian international was the standout figure in an impregnable defence last season that went through the entirety of 2016/17 unbeaten at home, dropping just four points at the Lane. Alderweireld has been superb since moving to England and has gained a reputation for being one of the most complete defenders in the game and it’s high-time he gets the big move he’s been looking for.
Contract talks have stalled on a contract extension and wage increase to bring him on par with Virgil Van Dijk, but they have stalled as it would make him the best paid player at the club. Now would be the perfect time for him to get one big paycheck.
The former Roma starlet has had quite a frustrating time since making the switch from Roma. Upon arrival Lamela has been plagued with injuries, a lack of starts has seen him struggle to nail down a starting berth this season (six starts from 23 appearances). His end-product has seldom been good so it might be best for him to try and restore his career elsewhere. The Argentine hasn’t even played two thousand minutes of Premier League football in the past two seasons and to stand a chance of getting back into the Albiceleste setup, he needs game time. Erik Lamela already stands very little chance (if any) of going to Russia and by the time Qatar comes around, he’ll be 30.