Nothing frightens Spurs fans more than the prospect of Harry Kane following in Dimitar Berbatov’s footsteps out of the North London exit. Yet that is exactly what the Bulgarian has suggested might need to happen in order for Kane to win trophies.
Back in 2008 Berbatov was Spurs’ talisman and star player. However, he became disillusioned and forced the club’s hand in selling him to Manchester United, where he would go on to lift the Premier League title (Telegraph).
Berbatov said when asked about Kane (The Sun): “Someone needs to ask Harry Kane about what he will do if Spurs don’t win a trophy this season.”
“Coming from that point of view, and I’ve been in those shoes, the moment comes when you play for a team for a while and you don’t win anything.”
“At the same time you see other colleagues that you are playing with in the national team, and they are winning trophies.”
“You get jealous, in a good way. You’re like ‘I want to be part of that’.”
While there are many parallels between Kane and Berbatov’s situations, the club has clearly changed dramatically since Berbatov left.
In 2008 we finished 11th whereas we haven’t finished outside the top four since 2015. We have also put in title challenges most seasons since then.
The status of the club has also drastically improved since Berbatov left. At that time we were very much a selling club for the bigger Premier League clubs. This was shown by our sales of Berbatov and Robbie Keane to Premier League rivals in the same window.
Fast forward to present day and we are very much an attractive prospect for the world’s top players. The club’s purchase of Ndombele and the rumoured interest which Paulo Dybala had in joining the club are proof of this (The Guardian).
Spurs fans should not be concerned over Kane leaving soon as he is on a long term contract. He also appears to be happy with life under Pochettino and has made no comments about wanting to leave.
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Rival fans will tell you that Kane is leaving every window. However, at the moment he appears to be happy with life in North London. Despite this, it is clear that the team need to win a trophy over the next season or two. This will allow us to keep the impressive core squad we have built together.
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