Tottenham supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side take a huge step closer to a top four finish in the Premier League courtesy of a 3-1 win at champions Chelsea on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their encounter at Stamford Bridge five points clear of the fifth-place Blues in the table, and knowing that victory would all but seal a return to Europe’s elite competition next term. Yet it didn’t look good for Spurs when Alvaro Morata gave Antonio Conte’s side the lead after half an hour, yet a brace from Dele Alli alongside a stunning Christian Eriksen strike secured all three points for Pochettino’s team, moving them eight points clear of Chelsea with just seven matches of the campaign remaining.
Consequently, there have been many delighted Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are confident that their team have done enough to secure a third successive top four finish this term.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Spurs supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Paris Saint-Germain are willing to match Toby Alderweireld’s wage demands this summer.
And while the Belgium international’s expected departure is likely to come as a blow for the North London outfit, losing the £36 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) this summer would not be the end of the world for Pochettino’s team.
Clearly, the 29-year-old has been one of the best defenders in the Premier League since his move to Tottenham back in 2015, playing a key part in helping Spurs record the best defensive records in the last two campaigns.
Thus, many would have expected his recent absence from the side due to injury to be a problem for the North London club, but that quite simply hasn’t been the case such have been the impressive efforts from Davinson Sanchez since his summer move from Ajax.
The 21-year-old has started their last 13 Premier League games and began all eight of their Champions League clashes earlier this term to underline his importance to Pochettino and his squad, to the point that he has done a fantastic job replacing Alderweireld in the heart of the Tottenham defence, striking up a fine partnership with Jan Vertonghen along the way.
Yes, there have been the odd unconvincing displays from the Colombia international, but at the age of 21 coming into a defence which has been sensational for many years, he has done an unbelievable job in keeping Alderweireld out of the team. And at the tender age of 21, he is the future of this Spurs backline.
Obviously, losing a player of Alderweireld’s quality will harm any side in the division, but Tottenham appear to already be in the post-Alderweireld years such have been Sanchez’s efforts this season.
As such, losing the 29-year-old this summer would certainly not be the end of the world for the North London outfit.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!