5 New Year’s resolutions that could improve Tottenham in 2019

London, England - December 29, 2018Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane celebrates scoring his sides first goalduring Premier League between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley stadium , London, England on 29 Dec 2018. (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
London, England - December 29, 2018Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane celebrates scoring his sides first goalduring Premier League between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley stadium , London, England on 29 Dec 2018. (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images) /
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LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 29: Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley Stadium on December 29, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 29: Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley Stadium on December 29, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images) /

3. Lock up Toby Alderweireld

Quite a few pundits were “certain” Alderweireld would be playing his home matches at Old Trafford by now. As it stands, he’s been a key member of Pochettino’s squad for most of the season. It’s imperative that Spurs clarify his future before the summer transfer window arrives.

After all, the looming presence of a £25 million release clause in his contract next summer will cause European powers to circle North London all season long. That’s a circus that Tottenham need to avoid to keep the entire squad focused on the task at hand.

Of course, signing Alderweireld to a new contract isn’t as simple as fans would like to believe. Firstly, no one knows exactly what sort of wage packet the Belgian defender is demanding. There’s a massive difference in paying him £100,000 or £300,000 per week. Alderweireld must be realistic with his demands.

Remember, whatever Tottenham choose to pay Alderweireld is going to send ripples throughout the squad. Players like Jan Vertonghen, Juan Foyth and Davinson Sanchez will be paying very close attention to his contract negotiations. They will want to earn something close to what Alderweireld receives if they are able to secure the spot next to him in Pochettino’s starting XI. It’s a difficult problem for Levy to solve, but he needs to find a way to keep Alderweireld in the fold for several more years.