The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern were completely disheartened by their sides failure to record victory over Premier League strugglers West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon.
The Lilywhite’s lost further ground in the title-race this weekend as they were held to a 1-1 draw by West Brom at Wembley. The result has seen Tottenham drop out of the top-four for the first time since September with North-London rivals Arsenal leap-frogging them into 4th place. Danny Rose was left out of Mauricio Pochettino’s match-day squad for the second successive Premier League match – a decision which has cast fresh doubt on the future of the England left-back.
However, the Tottenham faithful lining up the bar are growing concerned by rumours linking another one of their players away from the club, namely Christian Eriksen who is a target for FC Barcelona according to DonBalon.
And the Tottenham supporters should not only be concerned by the short-term consequences of Eriksen’s potential departure, but also by the implications it could have on the culture of their beloved football club.
Daniel Levy has earned plenty of plaudits over the years for his shrewd transfer negotiations and general management of the club.
Under his leadership, Tottenham have established themselves as a top-four club without needing to break the bank through transfers or fulfilling extortionate wage demands.
One of the driving factors in this success has been Tottenham’s huge profit margins acquired through the sale of players in multi-million-pound transfers in recent years.
Some of the most high-profile examples of this are the sales of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Dimitar Berbatov to Manchester United and most recently, Kyle Walker to Manchester City.
But despite the obvious financial rewards of the aforementioned departures from the club, there is a danger that a culture of selling could become a dominant theme in North-London.
If they continue to depart with their top-players such as Christian Eriksen in future transfer windows, then Tottenham will inevitably begin to stagnate or even decline as a club.
The club are currently at a crossroads which could determine their progress in the next half-decade.
It is up to Levy to decide whether he wants to tie-down his best-players on lucrative long-term contracts and really push for silverware or continue floating adrift of the big-hitters in Europe because of a financial policy that lacks the required ambition to compete at the summit of European football.