It’s been a season to forget for Tottenham Hotspur.
After sacking Mauricio Pochettino last Autumn and replacing him with Jose Mourinho, many expected the North London side to soar up the Premier League table and secure a likely finish in the top four.
That certainly hasn’t happened.
With one game left, Tottenham find themselves In seventh place in the table, with a sixth-place finish the best that they can hope for if results go their way on the final day of the season.
But even by finishing 6th, it means that they’ll miss out on a place in the Champions League.
While that will clearly make things harder both practically and financially to attract the best players to North London, it could also prove troublesome regarding their current players.
Many stars joined the club in the hope of challenging themselves with Europe’s elite, but it seems that this won’t be happening for one season at the very least.
Several players are capable of moving to clubs at a higher level, but none more-so that Harry Kane.
The Spurs and England talisman has proven himself as one of the worlds’ best out-and-out strikers with a goal record that is the envy of most.
Valued at £108m by Transfermarkt, Kane has been linked with moves to both Real Madrid and Manchester United in recent years, and with Spurs struggling at present that speculation has surfaced once again.
But according to Jose Mourinho, he’s under no pressure to sell any players.
Quoted by the Daily Star, he said: “Have I had assurances I will not need to sell key players this summer? Yes.
“There will be small changes — a big overhaul needs a lot of money. I don’t think there are many clubs ready to buy, buy, buy — the ones that are going to is because they can do it with or without FFP.
“If they do it, it’s because they feel they can do it. We know what we can do and what is not possible to do.
“We don’t want to sell our important players and that immediately is a limitation because by not selling big players you also don’t have big incomings.
“So we are going to be very balanced but again the objective is to improve the squad. I’m totally convinced we’re going to manage.
“Sometimes a club can improve by giving a better balance to the squad. So we are very calm and our squad next season will be better than this season.”
GIVEMESPORT’S Phil Spencer says…
This is a huge boost for Tottenham Hotspur.
It’s been a season that hasn’t gone to plan in North London and the hope will be that next term they can get themselves back on track.
However if they’re to do that then they’ll need their best players.
That obviously includes Harry Kane.
The England skipper is one of the only genuinely world class talents in Jose Mourinho’s side and if he’s serious about getting back into the Champions League then he’ll need to keep him.
Of course money talks in this situation, but in the current economic climate it’s hard to see anyone pay the required amount to convince Spurs to sell.
If they can keep him next term then hopefully he can fire them back into the big time.
But if that doesn’t happen, I think he’ll be on his way next summer.