What will happen next season if Spurs win the UEFA Champions League?
It’s the moment all die-hard Spurs fans have been waiting for, as the North London team will face Liverpool on Saturday 1 June, in an all English UEFA Champions League Final taking place at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, the new home of Atlético Madrid.
Assuming all goes to plan (we have to think positive lads) and according to some odds comparison websites, club captain and France number one goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, lifts the coveted UEFA Champions League trophy and by doing so makes Spurs champions of Europe, what will happen next season at Spurs both with the squad and new players? We are going to put our imaginary hat on for this one, because heck why not!
The Current Squad
With a few prominent players yet to sign a contract extension, namely 27-year-old Danish playmaker, Christian Eriksen, and 30-year-old Belgian centre back, Toby Alderweireld, it is going to be harder for them to justify going to another football club in chase of for some trophies. Putting greed aside, surly both players will want to stay at Spurs and as a result Daniel Levy may need to dig that bit dipper into his pocket to offer them more lucrative contracts in line with what Liverpool and Manchester city are already doing.
The talk about Spurs being a selling club has died down somewhat in the past two seasons, with former 28-year-old Spurs right back and current Manchester City England international, Kyle Walker, perhaps the last player sold for big money in what was in 2017 a very competitive right back position at Spurs, with 28-year-old and fellow England international, Kieran Trippier, playing at a very high level just before Walker’s departure to Manchester City for £45million.
Since the arrival of 26-year-old Brazilian right winger, Lucas Moura, from PSG, in January 2018, for £23million, Spurs have not invested in new players. Yes, the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is a factor, but more realistically, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, couldn’t find the right player at the right price that could actually elevate Spurs to that next level. Some journalists have argued in the past that it seems that no player with considerable pedigree and quality wants to sit on the bench until a potential injury to 25-year-old England captain, Harry Kane, allows them to showcase their abilities, something that 34-year-old former Spanish World Cup winner, Fernando Llorente, is more than happy to do at his stage of his career.
Therefore, keeping the squad happy and extending the contracts of the core group of regular first team players is going to be pivotal for Spurs in the next few seasons, just as it was this season.
The arrival of new players
It’s that time of the year again when most of us will be scouring the net trying to find that scoop about a player linked with Spurs. Some of us will have the BBC football gossip page saved on our phones for our daily morning check of players who might join Spurs. Some of us are still waiting for either Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to declare their childhood dream of playing for Spurs, eh, not going to happen. Having said that, let’s play devil’s advocate and start listing just a few players that will ring their agents up constantly following a Spurs UEFA Champions League triumph.
Leroy Sané – the 23-year-old German winger of Manchester City will want to prove himself again after not even making it to the German national squad in last summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, as well as falling down the pecking order under Manchester City Spanish manager Pep Guardiola with limited playing time this season. A bid from Spurs to City in the region of £50million should seal the deal.
Gareth Bale – the 29-year-old Welsh winger and former Spurs star will realise that he’s made enough money now at Real Madrid, and perhaps will come to some kind of pay off agreement with his current team as he is tied up to a contract there until 2022, this will allow Pochettino to swoop in and sign him for as little as £59million.
Lewis Dunk – the 27-year-old Brighton & Hove Albion centre back will be a great addition to Spurs with his commanding defending skills, thus allowing Pochettino to have a bit of a breather should he need to make changes to his defence with either Toby or fellow 32-year-old Belgian international, Jan Vertonghen, out injured. A bid in the region of £36million for the Seagulls defender should sort the deal out.
Hakim Ziyech – the 26-year-old Moroccan international and Ajax right winger was a constant threat whenever he touched the ball in the semi-finals between Spurs and Ajax. With qualities reminiscent of 28-year-old, Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City, it will be hard for Ajax to say no to a figure of around £55million.
Net spend total: £200million
Is all of this likely to happen? Probably not, but as we all know, to dare is to do.