One suspects the biggest transfer-related news that will be coming out of the Tottenham Hotspur camp this January will be announcements of new player contracts. The Mirror thinks so too; it’s suggesting that Spurs are planning on offering Toby Alderweireld a new five year contract before the end of the month.
I don’t doubt that Toby is probably next in line to get his extension, but I wonder whether this is the Mirror acting upon any actual leads and information, or whether it’s merely the process of elimination. Spurs have extended the contracts of 15 players over the past several months. Toby was not among them, probably because he only signed a long-term contract (through 2020) in the summer of 2015 and is already making £50k/week.
However, the number of first year players who have been at the club longer than a season and not been offered new contracts recently is slim. Ben Davies, Kieran Trippier, and Toby are the most notable names (though I’m surely missing a couple). It’s not hard to connect the dots here.
However, if Spurs want to keep Alderweireld happy, a new deal with a healthy pay raise wouldn’t be amiss. Toby’s one of the best central defenders in the Premier League, and he’s also essential to the way Tottenham plays. With this new and improved wage structure in place, and with Tottenham already signaling that they’re using their increased Premier League TV money for player wages instead of signings, this would make a lot of sense.
So sure, let’s get Toby locked down to a new deal as well! New contracts for everyone!