The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern are enjoying another fantastic opening to the season under manager Mauricio Pochettino, both domestically and in Europe.
Spurs were in fine form prior to the international break as they secured qualification from Group H in the Champions League and moved up to third place in the Premier League, tied on 23 points with Manchester United. And as such the Tottenham faithful in the Tavern are eagerly anticipating their first North London derby of the season this weekend at the Emirates Stadium, and they are feeling confident of taking all three points away from their bitter rivals.
With the current crop of players performing so well in the last three seasons, it is no surprise to hear that Don Balon have linked their prized asset Dele Alli with a move to Barcelona. Although rumours of this nature are bound to concern our resident Tottenham supporters, there is plenty of reason to suggest that Alli’s sale would not stagnate the excellent progress they have made under Pochettino’s leadership.
Considering Alli is only 21 years of age, along with his consistently brilliant form for the club, he would command an astronomical transfer fee in the region of £80 million. Thus, with the funds acquired from his sale, the Tottenham hierarchy would have plenty of resources to secure a replacement of true quality.
Moreover, Pochettino has crafted a team that are beginning to show they are capable of performing at the highest level even in the absence of some of their most crucial players. This season, Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama have missed plenty of action through injury, but Tottenham are showing no signs of crumbling without their first-choice central midfield pairing.
Tottenham are slowly proving to the footballing world that they are a fantastic team, rather than a selection of high-calibre individuals. The current squad has plenty of strength in depth to ensure continuous improvement in the event of Alli’s departure to La Liga.
There is no doubt that the sale of Alli would be a blow to Tottenham – however, the mentality that Pochettino has installed into the club and the strength of the current squad would ensure a smooth transition into a post-Alli era in North London.
Tottenham fans… what are your thoughts? Let us know!