If there’s one stat that shows the importance of Dele Alli and Harry Kane to Tottenham, it’s this: Kane (17) and Alli (12) have scored 59% of Spurs’ 49 Premier League goals this season (tip of the hat to Spurs Stat Man).
And while the supporters are well within their rights to be getting excited about the form and potential of the duo, the inevitable Real Madrid interest is sure to cause a little bit of concern.
Since taking Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to sunnier shores, the Spanish giants seemed to be linked with every single Tottenham player than can kick a ball properly.
Joking aside, there aren’t many clubs in world football that would be against taking Alli and Kane right now. But is Madrid’s current interest genuine? Should Spurs fans really be worried about the speculation?
Former player Gary Mabbutt thinks the reported interest in Dele Alli should “shouldn’t affect him.”
Mabbutt told Omnisport: “What I would say is that, for me, I love it when other clubs are talking about wanting our players or our manager, it means we’re in the right place.
“I find it all very flattering if any of our players are being talked about for Barcelona or Real Madrid or going wherever and are in demand. That proves a point that we’re obviously going in the right direction.”
As for Kane, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague says there is no immediate interest from Spain’s top clubs.
He told Sky Sports: “Harry Kane is considered a top striker. He has not been approached by Barcelona or Real Madrid, not yet anyway – it doesn’t mean at some point that he won’t be – but he has not been approached.”
It seems there is no need for Tottenham to worry for now. If Kane and Alli keep up their current form, however, then big bids could well come in.