On Tuesday, Tottenham announced that they had agreed terms with Dele Alli regarding a new contract, with the Englishman now set to remain at Spurs until 2024. That’s a huge boost for the club, obviously, given how important heh as been under Mauricio Pochettino over the years.
Since moving from MK Dons, Dele Alli has gone from strength to strength, and he now finds himself as one of Europe’s brightest young midfield talents. With bags of technical ability, a fantastic range of passing and an eye for a goal, there are few that can do as much as Dele as often as he does it.
Despite Tottenham’s decent start to the season, it’s clear that they’ve missed him whilst he’s been out injured, and so his recent return to the fold, combined with this new deal, will be hugely influential for the club moving forward.
However, despite the news, the work for Daniel Levy is still only just beginning. Tieing down Dele Alli was huge for Tottenham, and it’s one of the bigger deals that needed to be agreed, but in terms of raw importance to this team, there’s an argument to suggest that agreeing fresh terms with Christian Eriksen is even more important for the club.
Tieing down someone like Eriksen is every bit as important as a new signing, and so for Tottenham, renewing his deal must be priority number one.
After all, whilst Dele is spectacular, Christian Eriksen is as unique as they come. There is nobody else like him in this Tottenham team, and there’s certainly nobody that can deliver what he does as regularly or as efficiently as he does it. Generally playing on the left-hand side of the attack, he’s able to cut inside miraculously and move towards goal, whilst his range of passing even out matches Dele Alli. He’s genuinely one of the best passers in the Premier League, and when he’s on the pitch, Tottenham are always unpredictable.
There’s also the need for Tottenham to keep their core group together. The trio of Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Eriksen are the three players that, at present, are perhaps most closely associated with the club. They signify the growth under Pochettino, and so their importance is evident. So, keeping them together must be priority number one, and the urgency surrounding Eriksen’s deal is far more immediate. His contract is set to expire in 2020, and that leaves Spurs with less than two years to get a deal done.
Statistically, Eriksen has always been one of Spurs’ best, too. Last season he picked up 10 goals and 10 assists, which was a tremendous record. To lose that would be disastrous, and so like with Dele and Kane, keeping hold of him is so important.
Beyond anything else, Eriksen is just a tremendous player. He’s a huge name, and with a fair bit of negativity ongoing at Spurs at present, owing to their mixed form, managerial concern and the stadium move, they can’t afford to lose any players. Tieing down someone like Eriksen is every bit as important as a new signing, and so for Tottenham, renewing his deal must be priority number one.