In the same press conference where Mauricio Pochettino talked about Christian Eriksen committing his future to Tottenham Hotspur, Spurs’ manager also dropped another hint: more extensions are coming. Spurs are looking to lock down their core players to longer deals, leveraging the fantastic attitude in the dressing room into making sure players stay at White Hart Lane.
Here’s Poche on the Eriksen deal and whether it’s a portent for the future:
"Yes, sure. It's another player signing a new deal for the future. We have a squad where the main group is very happy. You know sometimes players are not happy -- it's impossible that all 25 are at the same level. But we create a very good atmosphere in the changing room, training ground.
"They believe in the way we play and we work. I'm sure that a lot of players after Christian will show their commitment to the club."
Source – ESPN
Thus far we’ve heard rumors about Harry Kane re-upping his existing contract, and ESPN is also suggesting that Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela are also now opening negotiations to renew their stay at Tottenham.
If there’s a single benefit to a settled dressing room, it’s this. Happy players buy into your system and are more likely to stay for the long haul. That’s what we’re seeing here. Even new Tottenham player Vincent Janssen has commented about how good the atmosphere is at Spurs, and how the players accepted him right away because of the lack of egos.
"Within the squad I was immediately accepted. We have a young, ambitious group, with no players who feel they've already arrived. That made it easier, I think. I really was accommodated fantastically."
Source: AD, translation by Evening Standard
It feels like forever ago that we were dealing with the aftermath of the Tim Sherwood era and the Kaboul Cabal. Since then Spurs have cleared out a bunch of players that either didn’t buy into Pochettino’s system or were detrimental to the culture that Poche wanted to cultivate. What’s left is a young, hungry team that works for each other and believes in the project.
I love this club.