Tottenham Hotspur’s move into the new stadium continues to dominate the headlines at the club but, with so much of the season already played, should the grand opening be pushed back until the start of the 2019/20 campaign?
Everybody involved with Tottenham from Levy to the supporters to the kitman will be relishing the prospect of moving to their new home.
But delays have added something of a sour taste to the planned move and turned the process into a complete fiasco, with a lack of clarity from the club forcing supporters to demand the choosing of a move in date.
Answers, though, continue to remain elusive. The latest reports indicate that Tottenham’s clash with Crystal Palace in mid-March could be the day when the state-of-the-art facility is finally unveiled (via The Independent), but at such a tentative stage in the season the move has the potential to rock the boat and tarnish the legacy of a stadium which is expected to be one of the best in world football.
Both pundits agreed that moving during a potential title run-in could have devastating consequences on their chances of finishing in top spot, with Sidwell hinting that it’s a gamble not worth taking for Spurs.
“I think it would be [a bad time to move in]. I think it’s a genuine risk because they didn’t adapt to Wembley too well in the early stages; three defeats this season out of five, three of them at home. It’s a gamble, it’s a big gamble. And look, i understand the financial commitment the club’s made, everyone wants to go see them there, but i think their stadium deserves a more grand opening than towards the latter stages of the Premier League season.”
Babb, who joined host Geoff Shreeves and Sidwell, added: “It could derrail them, I think you’re right Geoff, I think it would be foolish to go in [this season].”
The arguments made by Sidwell certainly hold plenty of validity and there is no question that it’s impossible to predict how such a significant change at the club could affect the players.
The stadium move could give the players the boost and relief from the ongoing saga to push them over the finish line or, alternatively, it could upset the balance and cause problems at the most vital stage of the season.
Is it a risk worth taking? Clearly there are plenty of factors to weight beyond how it will impact the players but, as Sidwell alluded to, it would feel somewhat anti-climatic and rushed to open the stadium towards the end of the season.
It’s about time Levy gave some clarity on the situation for the supporters sake, and the best course of action at this stage would be to simply confirm that the stadium will open on the first day of Tottenham’s next Premier League campaign, regardless of how much pride he needs to swallow before making that call.
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