Pundit View: Murphy worried by Spurs contract situation

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy is worried that the club could lose a number of first-team players because they have yet to sign fresh terms in north London, per TalkSport.

What’s he said?

A number of players are nearing the end of their contracts at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium; Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen will all see their deals expire next summer, with Fernando Llorente and Michel Vorm poised to leave the club on free transfers in this transfer window.

Both Danny Rose and Moussa Sissoko’s terms expire in 2021 and Murphy is worried that Spurs could follow in the footsteps of bitter rivals Arsenal, who saw Aaron Ramsey agree to join Juventus on a free transfer this summer.

He said: “Llorente and Vorm are up at the end of the season, not the end of the world. But next season, with a year left, Arsenal let players get to a year left and we know how that’s gone, Eriksen, Alderweireld, Vertonghen.

“Rose has got two, Sissoko’s got two, (Victor) Wanyama’s got two, you’ve got to start looking, every club does it, good clubs, are we signing them or are we freshening it up?

“Because ultimately, when you look at that starting line-up in the (Champions League) final for Tottenham, most of them have been there a long time.

“So I think we’re going to see a bit of a turnaround at Tottenham this summer.

“I think we might have seen a bit of a turnaround if they’d won it but it’d be easier to do it if they’d won it.”

A lesson to learn

Murphy has hit the nail on the head.

Spurs are running the risk of several key players departing for nominal fees or even for free and it has led to a number of mooted transfers already this summer.

Alderweireld, of course, has a £25m release clause in his deal and could leave while Eriksen is being courted by Real Madrid.

Tying down the likes of Vertonghen, Sissoko and Rose is vital, however, particularly with the club looking to make progress in the Premier League and repeat their European heroics.

Sissoko, in particular, has emerged as a star player under Mauricio Pochettino while Rose has enjoyed a renaissance at left-back.

Allowing either of them to leave without a hefty transfer fee would be tantamount to gross negligence, just like what Arsenal have shown allowing a player as talented as Ramsey to leave for nothing.