The Tottenham Hotspur fans were absolutely ecstatic in the Transfer Tavern on Sunday evening after they watched their side record a season-defining 3-1 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Mauricio Pochettino masterminded a much-needed 3-1 win over his top-four rival Antonio Conte on Sunday to end a 28-year run without a victory at Stamford Bridge. The win has moved Spurs within touching distance of securing a place in next season’s Champions League as they now sit 8 points clear of Chelsea with just 7 fixtures left to play this season.
Stranger things have certainly happened in football, so a Chelsea comeback should certainly not be ruled out just yet, but it’s fair to say that it would be a genuine shock if Tottenham were to throw away their place in the top-four at this stage. The 2018/19 season should give Spurs another opportunity to show the footballing world what they’re capable of on the European stage, but they may be forced to do so without Toby Alderweireld.
Alderweireld’s future has been in question since January due to rumours regarding his supposed reluctance to sign a contract extension with the club. And according to The Daily Mail, the Belgian defender is now a target for Paris Saint-Germain who – unlike Tottenham – are willing to match his wage demands.
Losing a player of Alderweireld’s quality and experience would be a bitter blow for Spurs to take in the summer, but it’s a possibility that the hierarchy at the club should prepare for to ensure they can identify a target who is worthy of replacing him. Although he lacks the experience that other candidates across Europe could demonstrate, Daniel Levy should strongly consider making a move for Newcastle United’s captain Jamaal Lascelles (valued at £6.3 million by Transfermarkt).
According to The Sun, Tottenham would face competition from Chelsea for his signature, but that should not deter The Lilywhites from pursuing his signature. At just 24-years-old Lascelles has already developed into a brilliant Premier League defender, and his performances have been absolutely pivotal to Newcastle’s battle to beat the drop so far this season.
Lascelles is already a defensively intelligent player with a leaders mentality and decent technical ability, and he is only bound to improve through with more exposure to top-flight football. Considering Pochettino’s rich history of helping young English players to improve, there’s no doubt Lascelles would be a perfect fit for the club if he is willing to bide his time and fight for a place in the first-team.
Newcastle will be desperate to keep hold of their most indispensable player this summer, but if Lascelles demonstrates a desire to embark on a new challenge with the North-London club then they may be forced to sell up and supply Tottenham with an ideal replacement for Alderweireld.
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