Tottenham Hotspur Stadium naming rights, Skriniar latest and Kane – Behind the scenes at Spurs

Fernandes10: “If Harry Kane is sold, who would you look to replace him? If that’s even possible.”

Alasdair says: “It’s tough to even comprehend for a couple of reasons. Firstly because I just can’t see anyone paying the money Tottenham would ask for, particularly in this climate and secondly, because Kane is irreplaceable. You would need a couple of players playing in various positions because he’s not just a goalscorer for Spurs.

“Kane’s comments to the media this week are the same as almost every year and by signing that long-term deal a couple of years back he really almost handcuffed himself to Tottenham.

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“Why would you let the England captain, who has scored 27 goals and laid on 16 assists (so far) go for anything less than a world record transfer fee? Would anyone of the rich clubs, unaffected by the pandemic, pay that?”

Tom Halls: “Is the club still fully behind Jose Mourinho?”

Alasdair says: “Clearly some of the players aren’t happy with their lack of game time but he’s got enough support behind him for now. Most importantly for him, Daniel Levy put so much into bringing him to the club, making a huge decision in relieving Mauricio Pochettino of his duties to do so, that he simply has to give him a chance.

“My personal feeling is that unless there is an utter collapse in team morale and togetherness that destroys the season, Mourinho will get the rest of the season – Spurs are only three points off the top four and have a cup final to look forward to next month – and then a decision on what happens next will take place at the end of the campaign.”

Cock and Ball podcast: “With Spurs needing to sell in order to buy this summer, which players are likely to be moved out? Also, considering how sparingly Vinicius has been used, would it be wiser for spurs to have Parrott and Scarlett as back ups to Kane and save money and a foreign player spot?”

Alasdair says: “To save me waffling for ages in here, I did write a piece on that exact subject of players who could leave, which you can find a link to by clicking right here. In essence, much of it depends on what’s happening with Mourinho.

“As for Vinicius, I think Parrott and Scarlett are too young at 19 and 17 to be leaned upon as the main strikers behind Kane. If Spurs can’t negotiate a cheaper deal for Vinicius they would look to bring in another striker with more experience and then Scarlett gets minutes here and there until he’s fully ready and Parrott likely gets another loan unless he really explodes in pre-season. His time at Millwall and Ipswich this season suggests, like Kane, he needs a bit more time on loan to continue his development.”

JNorthfield: “Could Danny Ings be signed rather than Vinicius?”

Alasdair says: “No desire to be a back-up to Harry Kane unfortunately. I can understand why. It’s a tough gig and if you’re playing regularly it’s not something you give up.”

Savz1972: “Does it really make sense to have Gareth Bale for another year? Do Spurs really have the luxury of paying 250k a week to someone who someone who has 50/50 chance of playing. Would it not be prudent to strengthen other positions with that kind of money?”

Alasdair says: “It’s a tough one. If you get the Gareth Bale that we saw for the month before the north London derby then he’s absolutely worth it. If it’s the flat Bale of that match and the ones before that run of fine form then absolutely not. What happens in the remainder of the season with Bale will define the next step for him.”

Officialtl16: “There are questions surrounding Hugo Lloris, what are your thoughts on the current goalkeeper situation and do you think we will be looking to replace him in the summer?”

Alasdair says: “Again this is something I’ve covered at length today in an article, but in summary I don’t believe he’s leaving the club this summer unless something unexpected happens. You can find the full article on Lloris, his contract situation and those Nike Pope links by clicking right here.”

Adam James Harris: “Any news on the naming rights for the stadium? Would’ve thought Daniel Levy would be on this to get in some much needed funds.”

Alasdair says: “The problem with that is that you’re not going to get the best possible deal right now for naming rights with most companies having major problems. Todd Kline has taken on the role of chief commercial officer in a new role at Spurs and with his experience of securing naming rights in the past, notably for NFL side the Miami Dolphins.

“He spearheaded the team’s £180m 18-year stadium naming rights deal with Hard Rock in 2016, which was the third highest deal in NFL history at the time for only the 13th most valuable franchise in the sport at that point.

“That deal was worth £10m a year for the Dolphins five years ago and Spurs are reportedly looking for £25m a year for someone to put their name on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. They need to get the right deal rather than rush it.

“The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was always budgeted without a naming rights deal which gave them time, although I take on board your point that current circumstances will have put pressure on that.”

Bazzoni: “Are we looking at Max Aarons at Norwich?”

Alasdair says: “Spurs have looked at him for a while and have a good relationship with Norwich. Will be interesting to see what happens with the right-back situation. I wouldn’t be shocked if Spurs are looking for a new one later in the summer.”

Vanessa C: “If Spurs can qualify for the Champions League next season, will Levy be more willing to invest in the transfer window? If not, how will this affect the transfer window of Spurs?”

Alasdair says: “The problem for Spurs is the black hole of lost revenue caused by the pandemic with no gate receipts, season tickets, NFL games, concerts, events, food and drink, merchandise and that huge TV money rebate that must be shared out among the clubs. Even Champions League money would only go towards attempting to plug some of that huge gap. It will of course help but money for transfer still needs to come primarily from sales.”

Emre Ortatepe: “Are key players like Lloris, Aurier, Lamela, Son, Kane, etc in contract talks?”

Alasdair says: “The problem for Spurs right now is the unknown of their income and what’s coming next in the world. Some of those players above have either been spoken to about the prospect of new deals or offered them and some haven’t.

“We mustn’t forget that while some clubs’ players took wage cuts or pay freezes, that doesn’t seem to have been the case at Spurs and they’ve been paying all of those wages despite the huge losses in income. This summer hopefully will be a time when the club has more idea of their financial footing and whether next season will be back to normal.”

Gareth Bale and Dane Scarlett during a Tottenham training session at Hotspur Way

Fiona R686: “Following recent comments from Jose Mourinho on Dane Scarlett joining the first team next season, do you think the plan to solve the home grown numbers issue is by bringing players up from the academy and returning players like Oliver Skipp or are there any homegrown players Spurs are looking at in the transfer window?”

Alasdair says: “The problem with buying homegrown players is the premium they come with. Skipp is currently expected to be set to play a part next season in the first team and Scarlett will get minutes.

“Alfie Devine is another big talent and he will get more minutes here and there. There’s also Ryan Sessegnon but his situation depends on whether he’s returning as third choice at left-back and if that’s the case then another season on loan is required.”

The Real Mr Fantastic: “Are Spurs more likely to spend big on a few quality players or go for a scattergun approach of cheaper players?”

Alasdair says: “It depends on what money they get in but let’s be honest, Spurs rarely ‘spend big’ in normal times – Ndombele being the exception – so after a year with potentially hundreds of millions lost in revenue, spending big is very unlikely unless someone spends big on one of Tottenham’s squad.”

BenCoys28: “Do you feel their will now be a transition especially with the financial impact that Covid has had on the club with more young players being more involved within the first team?”

Alasdair says: “I hope so. Skipp, Tanganga, Sessegnon and eventually Scarlett and Devine are certainly talented enough to be involved. It’s times like this when the work the academy staff put in should really come to the fore. It’s what the academy is there for, to promote your own and not have to pay out huge money for players that might not be as good as what you’ve got coming through and even block their path.

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Ollie Struthers: “As we’ve seen this season with Liverpool, one quality defender (Van Dijk) can have a transformative effect on a defence and almost cover up the cracks of some seemingly average players. In my opinion there are very few established top class centre backs available for anywhere near Tottenham’s price range, however one of them I believe is Milan Skriniar. Are Spurs still interested in him and if not, are there any transformative centre backs that Spurs are currently looking at?”

Alasdair says: “They still like him but he’s a regular starter at Inter this season and his price tag, which was too rich for Spurs a year ago, will not have gone down.

“The problem with a transformative centre-back is that they’re rather expensive, as Van Dijk showed. Spurs just don’t have that money unless they can raise it through sales. Who knows, Joe Rodon could develop into that player. That was the plan after they couldn’t afford Skriniar.”

Ben: “Do you feel any specific positions will be prioritised this summer or could it be a case of opportunity like last summer with players such as Reguilon and Bale being signed that may not have been the clubs priority signings?”

Alasdair says: “Centre-back is definitely a priority and then elsewhere in the squad is about who leaves and can be replaced or upgraded depending on the money raised by those sales.”

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