You hear the phrase that a club has “made a statement” a lot in football, but with the announcement on Friday that Harry Kane has signed a new six-year deal with us, it was a perfect a statement to make early on in the summer.
Even just a month ago there was a lot of doubt and worry around. Why was Pochettino making some very cryptic public statements about his future? What was happening with the new stadium? Will our senior players be attracted by greater riches elsewhere?
Although not all of these questions have been answered, Pochettino and Kane’s long-term commitment to the cause means we have a very firm foundation to go forward from.
It’s looking like a domino effect will ensure all of the club’s major players will be tied down to longer deals. Poch’s new contract likely gave Harry the confidence to put pen to paper knowing the project that the Argentine has been constructing will be seen through. Other stars will then see the world’s best out-and-out striker commitment as the confirmation to sign on the dotted line themselves.
However, there is one important factor to take note of. The club’s highly publicised wage structure effectively no longer exists. Our no.10 is believed to be on £150k a week rising to £200k a week over the length of his new deal. Levy has decided that to keep our main man on board, he had to be paid a salary befitting his world-class status.
It’s a statement of intent that will precipitate others like Dele and Christian Eriksen in demanding huge pay rises as a result. A lot of fans will see these pay rises as deserving, but it could lead to some issues going forward.
Money is likely to play just a big a role in securing deals for out other stars now, as is the motivation of being part of the club’s quest to secure trophies under Pochettino. As we have seen with Alderweireld, Levy won’t give in to salary demands for every player, and there are now likely to to be some very tough negotiations ahead to secure our other top stars as a result of the precedent that Kane’s deal has set.