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Losing Kane & Eriksen would be devastating for Tottenham - Hoddle

9:23 PM MYT 01/09/2018
Harry Kane Tottenham 2018-19
The former Spurs player and manager admits to being concerned by a lack of additions over the summer, but is pleased to have seen key men stay

Potential sales of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli would be “devastating” for Tottenham, says Glenn Hoddle, with talk of interest from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain refusing to go away.

Spurs have worked hard over recent years assembling an exciting squad made up of academy graduates and shrewd signings.

Their recent business ensured that they were able to see out the most recent transfer window without making any additions to a star-studded squad.

Hoddle is delighted to have seen Mauricio Pochettino establish stability and continuity, but concedes that tangible success must be delivered if Tottenham are to avoid seeing key men lured away to top sides across Europe.

The former Spurs player and manager told The Sun: “I was a little bit anxious at the start of the season when the club didn’t go out and buy.

“But you have to trust the manager and so far he has insisted he’s happy with his squad.

“It would be devastating for the team to lose any of their players.

“I’m sure they will have a good run at it in the league and even the Champions League again.

“But to bond the team together even more you need to start picking up trophies.” 

Tottenham have made a positive start to their quest for silverware in 2018-19, claiming three successive victories in the Premier League.

Pochettino has been quick to play down talk of a title challenge, but he has seen a settled side burst out of the blocks.

Lucas Moura is among those to have caught the eye so far, with a Brazil international acquired from PSG in January helping to cover the absence of Son Heung-min at the Asian Games.

Hoddle added: “At the beginning of the season I could see he was starting to improve a lot and it’s what I had expected.

“When he arrived he hadn’t had much game time with Paris Saint-Germain and didn’t look match fit, or sharp.

“But you could see he was a talent and capable of wonderful goals.

“Now he’s had more of a foundation in a solid pre-season, he can make an improvement in the team and will push Heung-min Son for a place.

“That is healthy, to have that competition.”