Jonathan Woodgate claims that Tottenham must start delivering trophies on a regular basis to keep hold of Harry Kane and is not convinced lifting the Carabao Cup will be sufficient.
Former defender Woodgate cemented his place in Spurs folklore by securing the club’s last piece of silverware courtesy of an extra-time winner against Chelsea in the 2008 League Cup final. Tottenham will seek further Wembley glory in that competition on Sunday when they take on holders Manchester City.
Kane, who is doubtful for the game due to an ankle injury, is yet to win a major honour. And Woodgate believes the north Londoners need to end the 13-year trophy drought and commit to additional investment to prevent their star man eyeing a move elsewhere.
“They have to (start winning silverware) with the stadium they have built and with the players they have got,” said Woodgate, who manages Championship side Bournemouth.
“They’ve got the best striker in England in Harry Kane. They need to start winning trophies for him. They’re a well-run football club but they need to start soon.”
Asked if breaking City’s three-year stranglehold on the cup would be enough to keep Kane happy, Woodgate replied: “I am not sure.
“They will need more investment for Harry Kane to stay, I’m sure of that.
“He’s been unbelievable again this season and scored so many goals. He has even evolved as a player by making so many assists.
“He’s an incredible talent so I would say Spurs need to invest to keep Harry Kane at the club.”
Woodgate was making only his fifth Tottenham appearance when he unconventionally capitalised on an error by Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech to snatch the 2-1 win in 2008 after a Dimitar Berbatov penalty cancelled our Didier Drogba’s free-kick opener.
Despite finishing runners-up in the Premier League and Champions League under Mauricio Pochettino in recent years, the club have not added to their trophy cabinet since.
Spurs look likely to miss out on Champions League qualification for a second successive season and will run out at the national stadium at the end of tumultuous week which included a failed attempt to join an elite European Super League and the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
Woodgate thrilled for rookie boss Mason
Rookie manager Ryan Mason is tasked with halting the prolonged barren spell. He has been thrust into the Tottenham hot seat at the age of just 29 following Mourinho’s departure.
Woodgate was in the Tottenham side when Mason – who was forced to retire in 2018 because of a fractured skull suffered playing for Hull – made his professional debut in a UEFA Cup win over Dutch club NEC Nijmegen in 2008.
The 41-year-old is familiar with unexpected managerial opportunities. He succeeded the sacked Jason Tindall in February just two days after joining Bournemouth as a coach. And he has urged Mason to make the most of his “live interview”.
“He must be well thought of at the football club to be given the reins. It’s fair play to Ryan,” said Woodgate.
“He was unfortunate to finish his career early through a horrendous injury. But now he’s in coaching, he’s got an incredible opportunity.
“I’m absolutely over the moon for him. He’s Spurs through and through so he’s someone the fans can relate to.
“It’s like a live interview. You never know what’s going to happen.
“They’ve come close under Pochettino, who is a fantastic manager. Mourinho got them to the final but now it’s up to Ryan.”