Thursday, 26 September 2019

O’Hara slams Levy over Eriksen and others

Tottenham have been accused by former midfielder Jamie O’Hara for making the contract mistakes of rivals Arsenal when it comes to Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.

As things stand, Spurs are set to see the three senior players become free agents in the summer of 2020 if things remain as it is.

No extensions have been agreed with the Danish playmaker and two Belgian defenders.

The three players have given any indication that they will be committing to fresh terms, with Eriksen having already stated that he is open to taking on a new challenge.

O’Hara is baffled that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has allowed such a situation to develop, with failings at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium looking like those which have become a cause for concern across north London at Emirates Stadium in recent times.

O’Hara told talkSPORT “I think that is the biggest problem Spurs have got,” .

“You’ve got Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Eriksen who are going to leave; they are going to go for nothing and might even go in January if Tottenham feel they need to get rid of them and make some money.

“That is a big problem.

“I’m so surprised that we’ve allowed this to happen because, truthfully, this doesn’t happen at Tottenham.

“Knowing Daniel and how he works, he will always give an extension and add another extension two years down the line so you’ve always got these players, because they are assets to the football club.

“You are losing three huge assets for your football club who could truthfully fetch you, in the right market, £100million.

“I gave Arsenal a load of stick for this when they let Ramsey go and let others go for nothing, thinking how can they let these players’ contracts run out?

“But now Tottenham are about to let three of their biggest players go for nothing. It’s crazy!

“We sold [Kieran] Trippier and didn’t replace him and now we’re going to lose our two centre-halves as well so we’ll need a whole new back four!”

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he will be forced to add to the team in January, with Tottenham needing to right the wrongs of a slow start to the season and plan for possible departures at the end of the current campaign.

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