An interesting statistic was doing the rounds on Twitter yesterday. Harry Kane’s winning goal against Leicester earned the club an extra £2m for finishing third.
Spurs Stat Man then tweeted that the additional funds could be used to finance Toby Alderweireld’s salary increase in order for our no.4 to stay at the club:
Harry Kane’s winner vs. Leicester earned #thfc an extra £1,987,796 as a result of finishing third instead of fourth – covering most of the extra £50k p/w that Toby Alderweireld wants in order to stay.
— Spurs Stat Man (@SpursStatMan) May 13, 2018
Fans had a mixed reaction to the stat:
If only it were actually that simple.
— NCAA is a Cartel (@evan_mateer) May 13, 2018
We got where we did without him for 3/4 of the season. Let him go.
— Gary Hamilton (@ghamilton203) May 13, 2018
No it doesn’t? 50k a week more for 5 years will cost the club £12m …
— Spurs Is Our Passion (@Spurs_Passion) May 14, 2018
Did Toby show yesterday he deserves that extra I’m not so sure!
— David Donnelly (@david_don73thfc) May 14, 2018
Conspiring to concede 4 to Leicester not the best way to advertise your top notch defensive credentials! ????????????
— James (@JWL82) May 13, 2018
Because the rest of the squad will be overjoyed if Toby gets a huge raise and they don’t ????
— Jason Fleischer (@lawjay93) May 13, 2018
Well, do you take Into account the pay rise the other players want/are entitled to as well?
— Jan (@swedishspur) May 14, 2018
Going straight on the stadium pal
— ♆ (@_OllieCoote) May 13, 2018
Toby needs to stay !
— will easton (@ianj460) May 13, 2018
— Marcellinus Bhanu (@MarcellBhanu) May 14, 2018
Depending on the reports you read, Toby is either demanding £150,000 a week or as much as £200,000 a week to sign a new contract. The additional money from finishing third would amount to £38k a week for just one year.
It would certainly not be enough to finance the defender’s increased wage over the length of his new deal, even if the club would consider putting that prize money towards such an offer.
With financial pressures surrounding the new stadium to think of, Daniel Levy is unlikely to up the clubs offer to Alderweireld. The Times reports the proposal on the table is £110k a week plus bonuses.