Tottenham Hotspur legend and BBC Football pundit Garth Crooks has urged the club to keep the squad together this summer if they are serious about competing for the Premier League title next season.
Spurs have been in contention to win the prestigious trophy last term and this, but ultimately they looked to have come up short on both occasions.
Despite the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen enjoying outstanding campaigns for the north London outfit, they couldn’t find a goal against London neighbours West Ham United at the London Stadium on Friday night that would have seen them close the gap on leaders Chelsea to one point.
Having lost 1-0 courtesy of Manuel Lanzini’s scrappy second half goal, the Blues took full advantage of Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s slip by beating Middlesbrough 3-0 on Monday night, and they know they will secure the title if they beat West Bromwich Albion on Friday.
The futures of Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli have already come under scrutiny, but Crooks has told the club that they mustn’t sell any of their key players if they are have a chance of winning their first ever Premier League trophy next season.
The 59-year-old told BBC Football: “Although they have blown the league title for the second consecutive year, this team is very close to winning something major.
“The only way that they can do that is to keep every one of their players. Add to them if you must, but lose any of the current team and it will be a testimony to Tottenham’s lack of ambition.
“In other words, put up the ‘not for sale’ signs now, or otherwise stop talking about Premier League titles.”
Tottenham know that Chelsea can win the title before they even face Manchester United in the last ever match at White Hart Lane on Sunday, before they face trips to Leicester City and Hull City in their final two remaining fixtures.