Jonathan Woodgate believes that Tottenham Hotspur must start delivering trophies if they want Harry Kane to stay although he is not convinced that emerging as Carabao Cup champions would cut it.
The defender in his playing days carved a niche for himself in Spurs folklore after he played a significant part in winning the club’s last silverware via an extra-time winner against Chelsea in the 2008 League Cup final.
The North Londoners will seek further glory at Wembley this weekend in the same competition when they face Manchester City in the final on Sunday.
Harry Kane is a doubt for the game and has not won any major honor since making his debut for the club and Woodgate says the club need to end the 13-year trophy drought and make more investment in order to keep their star man.
“They have to (start winning silverware) with the stadium they have built and with the players they have got,” said Woodgate, who is the manager of Championship side Bournemouth.
“They have got the best striker in England in Harry Kane so they need to start winning trophies for him. They’re a well-run football club but they need to start soon.”
When asked if breaking the Citizens’ three-year dominance in the cup would be enough to secure Kane’s commitment to the club, 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 and 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.”
It can be recalled that Woodgate was making just his 5th appearance on the day for Spurs when he capitalized on an error by Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech to snatch a 2:1 win in 2008 after a penalty converted by Dimitar Berbatov canceled out Didier Drogba’s free-kick goal and opener.
Since then, the club have not won any silverware although they’ve finished as runners-up in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League in recent years under former manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Meanwhile, they are still in the fight for a place in next season’s UCL and won’t want to miss out on the competition for a second consecutive season after sacking Jose Mourinho and appointing Ryan Mason as interim boss.