The former Tottenham midfielder is spot on
Jermaine Jenas may not have had the sort of career on the pitch he’d hoped for at Tottenham, but he does understand what it will take to make Spurs successful. Specifically, the English pundit knows what will be required to keep Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane.
Jenas insists that Tottenham must provide Pochettino a healthy transfer budget this summer to keep him away from some Europe’s richest clubs. It’s clear that his Spurs squad certainly needs more quality if they are going to make a serious run at a Premier League title next season.
There’s been some concern over whether or not Spurs will really be a player in the summer transfer market. After all, the club have spent a considerable sum of money tying their young core down to new contracts this season. It’s thought that was a preemptive move designed to protect the club during stadium construction. Most believe the construction of Tottenham’s new home will cause a significant dip in transfer spending while it’s being paid for.
The club’s struggles as of late may force Daniel Levy to rethink that policy. It sounds great in theory, but if it costs Tottenham Pochettino in reality it’s going to be an abject disaster. Losing the Argentine gaffer could plunge Spurs back into the morass in the middle of the league table.
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The real question is how much money Pochettino needs to sure up the squad. If he’s looking for a spend of £60 million I think he’s got a chance of earning that backing. If he’s looking for something in excess of £100 million he’s going to be severely disappointed.
Some of the incoming budget will certainly depend on how many players are sold. We already know that Nabil Bentaleb will move to Schalke on a permanent basis for £16 million. Moussa Sissoko might be the only other of the first team that I really believe will be sold. Amazingly, there seem to be several clubs with strong interest in the French midfielder.
No matter what the economics look like, Tottenham must provide Pochettino with enough summer investment to keep him at Spurs. If not, Jermaine Jenas’ words will prove prophetic. The club will lose their most important star to one of Europe’s richer clubs.