Tottenham Hotspur are already a very good football team, according to Dele Alli. Spurs’ 21 year old superstar has come out and said that the most important thing that the club can do in the offseason is keep the band together. Speaking to Sky Sports, Dele dismissed the idea that Tottenham needs a big summer of off-season transition in order to push to the next level.
“With the players we've got here, we don't need to go out and spend loads of money. There is a good bunch of players here. Everyone is determined, everyone works hard and there is a lot of quality in the team.
"It is important we stick together, keep working hard and keep improving. We have to take our form from the end of this season into next season, and start even stronger.
"Then, if we can finish as well as we did this season, we should be OK."
These words will probably be heartening to nervous Spurs fans who still fear a big bid may come in from Real Madrid for Dele this summer. Alli has previously refused to rule out leaving Tottenham, but his manager Mauricio Pochettino has repeatedly said that Spurs will only sell players when the club decides that they want to sell players.
"It's very clear that we will keep the players we want to keep, and maybe we will sell players we want to sell.
"We are so calm about our key players and they are very happy here. We are building a very exciting project and there is no reason for players like Harry to leave.”
Keeping the band together at least until Spurs are settled in their new stadium is critical. There’s no doubt that there will be some roster turnover this summer — there always is — but Alli and Poch’s comments suggest that Spurs are ready to rebuff bids for their stars when the transfer window opens on July 1.