Tottenham feeling the financial strain amid Covid outbreak
Premier League outfit Tottenham is one of many clubs across England and the continent that will be – or currently are – feeling the financial strain that comes with the current Covid-19 outbreak due to a surging Omicron variant.
As reported by The Mirror’s John Cross, Tottenham has taken a financial hit on the back of decreased attendances in recent weeks after the top flight of English football has suffered at the hands of the pandemic.
Premier League clubs face huge match day cash losses as fans choose to stay away https://t.co/hxzi3xhZEM
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) December 30, 2021
According to Cross, Spurs usually net roughly £5 million-per-match when the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is filled to its 60,000 capacity, but attendance was down by at least 25% when Spurs recently hosted Liverpool (45,421) and London rivals Crystal Palace (40,539).
While season tickets have long been counted when it comes to the club coffers, with lower matchday attendance comes an additional decrease in ticket sales, concessions, and merchandise. This also does not factor in lost TV-rights revenue each time a fixture has been canceled.
Tottenham has already been subject to three cancellations, versus Burnley, Brighton and Leicester City, but league-wide postponement will be resisted at all costs as many clubs still feel the strain from the first long-term cancelation during the initial phase of the Covid-19 pandemic.
With experts holding in their opinion that the number of infections will continue to rise due to the holiday period, future postponements – and the financial issues that stem from them – are sure to occur.
Spurs continue to roll under Antonio Conte
Data is not everything when it comes to a game as complicated as football, but the recent numbers behind results under Antonio Conte paint a positive picture for Tottenham.
Currently sitting second in the Premier League form table (4-2-0) behind current holders Manchester City (6-0-0), the Lilywhites have moved on well from Nuno Espírito Santo, and are now within striking distance of bitter rivals Arsenal in fourth.
But the matches in hand that Tottenham posses are not enough to suggest they will keep rolling up the table as the club recently suffered a frustrating 1-1 draw at Southampton, that saw them fail to keep gaining ground on the top-four.
While results are coming at a credible rate for Conte’s men, their goal return will have to increase (just 22 in 17 fixtures) if they are to run down their league rivals and end the season with Champions League football in 2022-23.
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