Michael Dawson has urged Tottenham to pay Toby Alderweireld what he’s worth in order to keep the Belgian at the club.
Alderweireld has been linked with a move away from Spurs for some time now after failing to agree a new contract earlier this season.
Tottenham are allegedly unwilling to pay Alderweireld the £150,000 weekly salary he believes he is worth.
And reports claim Mauricio Pochettino wants the club to sell Alderweireld – as well as Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele – as quickly as possible so replacements can be recruited in time for next season.
However, many supporters believe Spurs should break their current wage structure in order to keep Alderweireld at the club.
And former Tottenham captain Dawson agrees with those fans.
“It’s finances; are Daniel Levy and Joe Lewis going to want to spend that kind of money? In my opinion I don’t think they are,” Dawson told talkSPORT.
“You hear Mauricio Pochettino and he is getting frustrated. I think the main aim for him at this time is make sure you keep those players you’ve named [Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli].
“There’s talk about Toby Alderweireld [leaving], who I think is a top, top player… give him his wages! Give him what he’s worth!
“Otherwise if one goes it’s a roll on effect where they all think ‘well, he’s gone and he’s gone’. The better players will maybe then be looking [to leave].
“I just hope they can hold on and attract a few players, because they are not a million miles away when you see them finish third.”
While it would be pleasing to see Levy adjust the current wage structure to keep Alderweireld, I think there is more to the situation than meets the eye.
The centre-back has barely featured since returning from injury, and there might well have been a breakdown in his relationship with Pochettino.
If that’s the case, there’s a good chance Alderweireld won’t want to stick around regardless of whether Spurs decide to pay up or not.