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: Christian Eriksen 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: Christian Eriksen 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) /

1. Give Christian Eriksen a new deal

Locking Alderweireld up with a new contract is really important for Tottenham, but agreeing to new terms with Eriksen is an absolute necessity. He cannot be allowed to leave North London under any circumstances.

Kane is the club’s best finisher, but Eriksen serves as the creative engine of Pochettino’s attack. Anytime he’s not on the pitch for Spurs their entire team seems to lose their offensive rhythm. Even if you don’t believe he’s a world-class attacker, his importance to his squad is simply not up for debate.

Unfortunately for Levy and company, Eriksen and his representatives seem to be keenly aware of his value. They know the sort of wages he could earn elsewhere in Europe. Nothing short of what Kane is earning currently will successfully keep the Denmark star at the club.

Similar to the situation with Alderweireld, paying Eriksen that much is going to cause other players to demand parity. Dele Alli, in  particular, is just as important to the club’s attack. Giving Eriksen a bumper contract will cost Tottenham with other players too.

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That doesn’t matter. Getting him to sign a new contract should be Tottenham’s top priority heading into 2019. Losing him would be a massive setback for Pochettino and his project.