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Spurs Sell Kyle Walker To Man City, Will Probably Be Fine

Spurs Sell Kyle Walker To Man City, Will Probably Be Fine
From Deadspin - July 17, 2017

The last time there was this much anxiety about Tottenham being a selling club was way back in 2013. In back-to-back offseasons, Real Madrid snatched away Spurs superstars Gareth Bale and Luka Modri, both of whom had worked together to take Tottenham to previously unseen heightsmost notably the 2011 Champions League quarterfinals.

Many saw the clubs inability to keep Modri and Bale, as well as its previous loss of Premier League 2011 golden boot winner Dimitar Berbatov, as a sign of weakness, evidence of Tottenham yet again hitting that usually-pretty-good-but-rarely-great-and-when-actually-great-only-briefly-so ceiling that would doom the team from ever actually doing anything major for a sustained period of time. For pessimists, those moves solidified Tottenhams status as permanent Premier League also-rans.

Less than five years later, however, Tottenham is better than its ever been. The past two seasons have each set new club-highs for EPL finishes, and the teams 86 points in 2016-17 would have been enough to win the title in some seasons. Theyre now led by a new generation of young starsparticularly Dele Alli and Harry Kanewho, as great as they already are, still have room to get even better. Behind players like that and their superb manager Mauricio Pochettino, everything about the club looks to be trending up.

With success, though, inevitably come problemsspecifically of the Hmmm little ol Tottenham has some studs, how about we go raid them? variety. Aside from the more (at this point) improbable speculation linking Kane to Real Madrid and Dele to Barcelona, Tottenham has in fact lost right back Kyle Walker to Manchester City for 45 million already this summer, on top of the very real chance that midfielder Eric Dier might soon depart for Manchester United.

Walker and Dier arent just key players leaving (or potentially leaving) Spurs, theyre key players ditching (or potentially ditching) Tottenham for direct rivals. If the natural next step for Walker and Dier in their primes is a move to Manchester, what does that say about Tottenhams status? Because of all this, it would be logical for fans to worry about the team slipping back to that dreaded also-ran tier, swapping the legitimate title challenges of these past couple years for the old hopes for the odd top-four finish.

In reality, though, the Walker transfer, coupled with the potential Dier move, are notably different from the Bale and Modri losses. Those transfers before saw Spurs lose critical, unreplaceable pieces that massively limited the teams chances of short-term success. This summers potential losses, in contrast, are ones that Tottenham should be able to weather and maybe even grow from.

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