Four winners and four losers at Tottenham if Daniel Levy appoints Erik ten Hag

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Erik ten Hag is now considered amongst the most attractive options for Tottenham for the vacant managerial position, with Daniel Levy looking to appoint a new boss within the next three weeks. The Spurs hierarchy are now moving quickly as they look to replace Jose Mourinho and the club have already missed out on Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers.

Ten Hag ticks a lot of boxes for Tottenham. He has an attractive style of play centred around possession-based attacking football.

The Dutchman also has a track record developing young players at Ajax, where he has brought several of the club’s academy stars into the first team.

After failing to land Nagelsmann and Rodgers, Ten Hag is now arguably the best option on the table for Tottenham.

Having proved his worth in Amsterdam, where he guided the club to the Champions League semi-finals where they played Tottenham in 2019, this feels like the perfect next step for both Ten Hag and Spurs.

With that in mind, Express Sport takes a look at some of the potential winners and losers from his appointment, should he materialise.

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Steven Bergwijn

There’s no guarantee this will pay off for Bergwijn but the Dutchman is in need of a little love.

He fell out of favour under Jose Mourinho and is now way down the pecking order but there is still time to turn things around.

Ten Hag knows Bergwijn well from his days at PSV Eindhoven and can finally help get the best from him.

Davinson Sanchez

Sanchez’s career is at a crossroads after four seasons at Tottenham and now he needs to step up if he is to stay at the club.

The Colombian shares the Ajax connection with Ten Hag, whose style has an emphasis on playing out from the back.

He is still only 24 and can still prove to be a big asset to Tottenham.

Harry Winks

As mentioned, Ten Hag is big on possession and that could be music to the ears of winks.

He was adored by the Tottenham faithful when he first arrived on the scene but now there is negativity surrounding his involvement.

Winks needs to improve and after being cast aside by Mourinho, Ten Hag could help him get his career back on track.

Joe Rodon

Ten Hag is big on developing young players and therefore Rodon could be in luck.

Mourinho used him every now and again and there were rough edges to his game.

But he has a big future at Tottenham and Ten Hag could be the perfect man to help him flourish.

His ability to drive into midfield and carry the ball gives the Dutchman plenty to work with.

Furthermore, Spurs’ centre-back options are hardly convincing, so Rodon has a chance to nail down a starting spot.


Harry Kane

Ten Hag’s methods are likely to take time and Kane needs trophies now if he is to stay at Tottenham.

It may be the right appointment in the long haul but Kane cannot afford to waste any more time.

He needs Spurs to be competing for the biggest prizes immediately. Mourinho once offered hope of that though and that never worked out.

There are no names on Tottenham’s shortlist that could immediately turn this underperforming squad into challengers and it’s easy to see why Kane may feel frustrated.

Dele Alli

Although many will believe a new manager can only surely be good for Alli, Ten Hag may not be the best fit for the England international.

That’s because his favoured formation is a defensive 4-3-3, meaning there is no room for a No 10.

Instead, one player will sit with two box-to-box midfielders.

He will get a fair crack under Ten Hag but it’s clear Alli may now have to move on to turn things around.

Erik Lamela

Lamela was cherished by Mourinho, who loved his bite and fight, similarly to the way he also enjoyed working with Maroune Fellaini.

But when push comes to shove, he is not good enough for Tottenham and may now be sold to raise funds.

A return to Italy seems likely for Lamela, who is attracting interest from Bologna.

Moussa Sissoko

Although there are box-to-box midfield roles to fill, Sissoko’s style is unlikely to suit Ten Hag’s game.

The Ajax boss loves his side to dominate possession and manipulate the ball.

Sissoko is more of an athlete who can be a big asset on the counter-attack. It’s hard to see where he fits in.

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