Ian Wright has warned Spurs they could lose their best players if they don’t start paying big wages.
Spurs are attempting to make the step-up to big club territory by moving to a new 60,000-seater stadium next season.
The expense of the stadium has hindered their spending power. While they’re still capable of spending big on transfer fees, they’ve been compensating by holding back on wages.
Ian Wright believes that this could turn into a major problem for Spurs going forward.
“Kyle Walker is a perfect example. He’s gone and probably tripled his money,” Wright said on Sky Sports’ debate show (via Football Insider 247).
“He’s playing in a team where the Tottenham players, who haven’t won anything and they’re seeing him kicking on.
“If they are not going to start paying the money, that the problem Tottenham have.
“I’m hearing that Dele Alli is getting another new deal – it still doesn’t take him and Harry Kane into anywhere near what players in the Premier League are getting.”
Arsenal faced a similar problem after they moved into the Emirates Stadium in 2006.
A squad of exciting young players was torn apart when players started pushing for bigger wages and a greater chance of trophies elsewhere.
The likes of Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Samir Nasri all joined Manchester City, while Mathieu Flamini signed for AC Milan, Alex Hleb and Cesc Fabregas went to Barcelona and Robin van Persie escaped to Manchester United.
Spurs, at least, may be safeguarded by the explosion in transfer fees that has occurred in the last few years.
If they can sell Kyle Walker for £50m, you can only imagine what they could get for Dele Alli or Harry Kane.