Rio Ferdinand has had his say on the current situation at Tottenham, and it’s clear he feels things need to change.
The former Leeds and Manchester United defender, now BT Sport pundit, has suggested Spurs should get rid of the bad eggs, sooner rather than later.
“I do believe that when players are unsettled and you hear noises in the media, you have to just get them out, get rid, because it can be cancerous. It spreads the wrong message around the squad and it doesn’t bode well for the team.
Eriksen is clearly one of the players he is referring too. But who could replace the Danish international? There are several top class possible replacements for Eriksen, but will Levy be able to attract those big players in what is traditionally a difficult mid-season window?
“I think maybe Pochettino wasn’t backed enough in terms of recruitment. It seems like a stale changing room and a stale group of players. It’s very similar to what we have seen in the last couple of years, tactically they have regressed,” Rio told BT Sport.
“This is an example of that. When you have unsettled players, get them out the door and bring in players who actually want to be at your football club.”
Should Spurs really perform wholesale changes to the team in the middle of the season? I’m not sure they should. But Eriksen is one who should definitely move on and an attack minded midfielder, capable of also playing on the wings, is definitely someone the club should be looking to bring in in January.
There’s also a question mark in defence. Is Alderweireld really happy? Vertonghen will turn 33 before the season ends and injuries are starting to become a problem for the Belgian international. A new top class central defender is someone the club should be adding. The club missed out on signing William Saliba to rivals Arsenal in the summer, but someone of that ilk would make sense as Tottenham move into a new era.