Graham Potter to Tottenham? Why Harry Kane, Ben White and Yves Bissouma must be considered

Albion head coach has impressed this season in the Premier League and it's little surprise to see him linked with the vacant position at Tottenham.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 1:45 pm

Potter's style of play is attractive, he is not afraid to develop young players and he's also a calm personality, never one to chase controversy or headlines, which is perhaps just what Spurs need right now after Jose Mourinho's turbulent reign.

Danny Murphy spoke in glowing terms today of Potter and believes his appointment could have a similar impact to when Mauricio Pochettino arrived in North London.

But, if offered the role, should Potter leave what he is building at Brighton where he has a long term contract, and join a Spurs set-up that looks far from stable?

Graham Potter is the bookies favourite to be the next manager at Tottenham

Here's what Potter will consider:

Potter has overseen tremendous progress at Brighton and they are very close to be being a very capable Premier League outfit. He is contracted at the Amex Stadium until 2025 and has the full support of his chairman Tony Bloom and chief executive Paul Barber.

However, Potter will no doubt seek some assurances on player departures and arrivals this summer. Huge bids will likely arrive for Ben White and Yves Bissouma, while Brighton certainly need to sign a striker.

Perhaps losing Bissouma is something Brighton could cope with and using that money to fund a striker would make sense.

But losing White as well would be a huge set back to the development of the team. It's fair to say Albion's defence of White, Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster is as good as any in the Premier League and is the foundation Potter's team is built on.

My guess is Potter is resigned to losing Bissouma but he will want to keep White and also sign a striker.

The lure of Tottenham

Tottenham clearly have a talented squad but if their best player Harry Kane does depart this summer, then the team loses not only an abundance of goals but it's entire focal point.

Son Heung-min, 28, is a fine player in his own right but never quite looks the same without Kane, while what happens with Dele Alli is anyone's guess.

Bale looks likely to depart after this season but if he does stay the Welshman may have perhaps one more top level Premier League campaign in him at best.

I would say Brighton's defence of White, Dunk and Webster is better than Tottenham's and that's before the return of Tariq Lamptey, who has been missing most of the season with a hamstring injury.

The lure of Tottenham however, remains huge. Their stadium is fantastic and if Kane does depart, funds will be available to strengthen.

Conclusion

Potter's stock is currently high but that can change so quickly in the Premier League, and sometimes you just have to grasp the opportunities when they arrive. However, the decision is far from straightforward.

Potter's position at Brighton looks stable and if he can keep White and possibly Bissouma for another season and add a striker, Brighton look far more capable than being a team just battling to survive. A push for Europe is not entirely out of the question.

A huge decision could await the former Swansea boss and many Albion fans will be hoping Potter remains for one more season.

But Potter can only make progress at Brighton if the likes of White stays and a striker signs...without that the Tottenham job could look quite tempting and Brighton may just turn to Eddie Howe.