Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Arsenal striker John Hartson has had his say on Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino facing the threat of losing three key players in 2020.
Spurs trio Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are all out of contract at the end of the season, and none of them have committed their future to the north London outfit as of yet.
The north London outfit are reported to be in talks with Vertonghen over an extension to his deal – although that could prove problematic given they are only willing to offer him a further 12 months – but there has been no real update on his Belgian compatriot Alderweireld.
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Meanwhile, Marca reported last month that Eriksen has rejected all contract offers from Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to date, as he waits for a proposal from Real Madrid.
Talking to FFC, Hartson believes Pochettino is entering into unchartered territory when it comes to these players who have been so key for the club over the years, and he has made an interesting claim about the Denmark midfielder, who cost £11.5m when he signed in 2013.
He said: “Pochettino now will have some problems that he hasn’t had to deal with before.
“You’ve got Vertonghen and Alderweireld running their contracts down. He’s got Eriksen who wants to leave the football club.”
The 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich only highlighted how things aren’t quite right at Spurs at the moment, and the uncertain futures of players like Eriksen, Vertonghen and Alderweireld will hardly be helping.
Hartson is right with his observations, and this situation could be a real test of Pochettino’s managerial abilities on and off the pitch for the foreseeable future.