Kane demands silverware: ‘We’re not young anymore’

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Dom Le Roy

Harry Kane has said that it’s time for Tottenham to stop hiding behind the claim of youth, and to actually go out and win trophies.

Spurs have been famous in recent years for bringing through young English stars such as Kane, Dele Alli, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Andros Townsend, and Ryan Mason.

However, some of this crop have moved on to other clubs, while those who have remained are far older and more mature in their play.

The once young and promising team should not be fulfilling this promise.

The England star claimed: “We’re a team that has made huge strides in a short amount of time so it’s just about continuing that, and the only way to do that is to start winning things.

“We’re at a stage where we’re not young any more. We’re all getting to an age where we’re a bit more experienced and we want to win. We want to win everything we do. It’s a long old season but starting with two wins out of two is important.”

Despite not making a summer signing this year, the Tottenham squad is without a doubt the most settled in the league, with many of them having played together for a number of years now.

When asked if this group of players were reaching their prime, Kane said: “Yes, I think so. It’s the fourth year the manager [Mauricio Pochettino] has been here, and a lot of us have been here throughout that spell as well.

“When you have a team that knows each other for that long, you know how each other play on the pitch and off the pitch you know how to keep everyone up for it and everyone honest. That’s what we’ve got. Hopefully we can continue that — training hard, playing hard. So far, so good.

“Everyone just needs to be calm. As the gaffer said the other day, the stadium is a huge project — it isn’t going to happen overnight. We wanted it to happen in a year, which would have been amazing, but it might be a little longer.

“With the transfer window, I think the gaffer said we’re not going to buy players for the sake of it, we’re only going to buy players to strengthen. Obviously in this market they didn’t think that was an option.

“We’ve got a great squad. We’ve kept a lot of our top players, which is important. We’ve been playing now for a few years together and that’s the understanding you need.

“Whether it’s the starting XI, the players coming off the bench or the players who don’t even make the squad, you need to push each other in training day in and day out to get the best out of each other, and competition for places is massive.”

Kane made his Premier League debut back when he was 19-years-old and has improved his goal tally for Spurs year on year for the past five seasons. The now-25-year-old will be hoping to do the same this campaign, and to lead his team to long-awaited silverware.

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