The core of 7 Tottenham players who will take the club forward next season, including a young star

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has had a great start in Spurs' life.  (Image: Michael Regan / Getty Images)

This season still has some twists and turns ahead, but Tottenham Hotspur need to start planning what next season will bring and the need to keep going and improving.
Every club needs to have a strong team to work with, but at the end of the day, this is the core of that team – the trusted seven or eight players who will form the basis of the squad most weeks.

Whether with Jose Mourinho or a new man at the helm next season in north London, the club must decide what form this core will take and who will populate it.

New players will be added to this core – as they were last year – while others will be sacrificed to fund newcomers.

Spurs’ determination to retain their core of key players will be tested this summer, with many demanding the kind of fees that would help fund multiple transfers, but as the name suggests, irreplaceable players are leaving a big hole in a club?

Here is the list of seven (technically eight) players who could create the core of the Tottenham squad next season, with other young players to come possibly like Joe Rodon, and the lack of players in some positions almost says it all. as much:

Harry Kane

It’s that time of year when speculation around Kane reaches incredible levels.

However, this year more than ever, few clubs will be able to afford the money to reward one of the best strikers in the world, especially one who still has three years on the contract and as is often the case.

Even Pep Guardiola has said firmly that Manchester City, with their wealth, will not spend the money needed for an elite striker.

Although Tottenham need the money, they also know that the England captain is as close to the irreplaceable as possible and his role as both striker, playmaker and talisman for the team.

What price do you give to someone who can provide 29 goals and 16 assists in 41 games, surpassing Premier League goals and assists and breaking records every season?

It’s hard to see that assessment for a player who turns 28 this summer and with his realistic injury history for any club and that will likely be Spurs’ huge win.

Son Heung-min

The South Korean star wants to stay at Spurs and the club want to keep him and this long-awaited new contract should be sealed before the start of the new season.

Problems with securing a fixed date for the return of income streams, including the ability to fill the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, will likely have pushed back all major contract confirmations by the time this funding is back in place. .

Son and Kane’s partnership has reached new heights this season and the old one, which turns 29 this summer, is reaching its peak and you won’t find many better wingers in Europe.

Sergio Reguilon

The Spaniard has become a popular member of the Tottenham squad and has performed well overall in the Premier League.

The 24-year-old has a lot of potential and while there are still aspects of his defense in the English game that he has yet to work on due to his age, he has so much of an offensive threat with a crossover ability that sets him apart. earned five assists from the left.

The only fly in the ointment could be Real Madrid, who have a buyout clause to bring Reguilon back to the Spanish capital this summer or next for around £ 15m more than the £ 28m Spurs paid for him. , if the player agrees. a movement.

Much will depend on where Madrid see their transfer priorities this summer and how much funding they can raise.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg got off to a great start in Spurs life

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Although he gets tired at times as the season progresses due to the incredible number of minutes he has played – 3,519 and best of all outfield players by far – the Dane has been a big hit at Tottenham this season.

Spurs have needed a midfield leader for a long time and Hojbjerg has been a great voice and presence in the center of the park.

If he can avoid injury, he could be an important part of Spurs’ backbone for years to come.

Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso

We’re lumping these two players into one section here, because at the end of the day it’s likely going to be a shootout between the two for a deeper role, unless one of them can move on to a role. more offensive.

Mourinho claimed this week that Ndombele is ‘by talent, creation in midfield, vision, he is not second to anyone at the moment in European football’ but added that he always leaves you wanting more and “never reaches the limits of effort, of sacrifice. , even ambition ”.

Ndombele has improved a lot this season and despite his deeper role he has six goals and four assists and at just 24 he can continue to improve and adapt to the Premier League.

Lo Celso has been hampered by injuries – another player who appears to have gone from almost no injuries in his career to suffering suddenly after joining Tottenham.

However, when he’s fit and sharp, he’s an energetic and forward-thinking midfielder for Spurs and has five goals and an assist under his belt in a tough season.

Also just 24 years old, he can only get better and he and Lo Celso will perform together many times, but will also fight each other for this deeper role as the two get fitter.

Oliver Skipp

We wanted to put a local talent for the present and the future on this list and Oliver Skipp has been so impressive this season that it is increasingly unlikely that Spurs can afford to let him go on loan again this summer. .

Those who haven’t watched Skipp regularly this season and only remember him from his first forays into first-team life as a Spurs teenager will not have seen the player he is already. to become.

The 20-year-old had started 38 straight games in the league for Norwich before being finally used off the bench on Friday only because the game at Preston came just 48 hours after playing for England U21s.

Skipp has also played almost every minute of those games for Norwich and he will likely return to Tottenham with a title-winning medal and knowledge at a tender age on how to mentally challenge for the title and deal with pressure.

Mourinho believes Skipp will become a future Spurs captain and his Canaries boss Daniel Farke strongly agrees.

“We almost take it for granted that he’s playing flawlessly and he’s solid but I’m full of praise for him,” said the German. “To prove that for such a young boy in his first full season, where he plays every three days, in the toughest league in the world is exceptional.

“With his character and the way he behaves within the squad, it highlights why Jose has said he could be a future Tottenham captain. He has that pedigree. “

Skipp’s ability to be both a defensive midfielder and a box-to-box player means he could play alongside Hojbjerg, potentially also in a three, as well as spin with him and he will be a great player for the Spurs in the years to come. when the local stars become more and more vital.

Hugo lloris

This could surprise some because the French only has 12 months on his contract.

However, the World Cup winner is one of the few players in the Spurs squad to have this winning mentality at the highest level.

His furious interview after the Croatia collapse against Dinamo Zagreb showed how much he cares for the club and his loathing for those who don’t.

There is a belief within Spurs that Lloris will stay at the club next season and much of that has to do with the difficulty of replacing him this season with such tight funds and the unlikely 34-year-old.

Most of the UK options do not match Spurs’ range of transfer profiles in terms of age and cost, while the club are ready to offer Lloris a new deal to keep him at the club beyond the summer 2022.

Tottenham will have to look for a suitable replacement in the next 12 months, but next season could see Lloris still at the heart of the squad.

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