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Securing Kane vital to Tottenham’s long-term ambitions

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 1 Dec 2016

Harry Kane has signed a new contract with Tottenham that will tie the striker to the London club until 2022

Harry Kane has signed a new contract with Tottenham that will tie the striker to the London club until 2022

England international striker Harry Kane has signed a new contract with Tottenham that will expire in 2022.

The striker is a key part of the Spurs team. Securing his and the future of some of Spurs other young stars has been the club’s priority of late.

The likes of Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Eric Dier, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli have all committed their long-term futures to the north London club.

However, Kane signing a new deal had to be the north London club’s main priority.

Kane is the team’s talisman

Tottenham have struggled for results of late, claiming just one victory in their last ten outings in all competitions. However, for much of that run Kane was sidelined and his team struggled to score goals.

Every team have a star, but Kane at the 23 years-old is more than that, Kane is Tottenham’s talisman. He is the player that his teammates and fans look for when they need inspiration. It was vital for Tottenham as a football club to secure Kane on a longer contract.

Tottenham fans sing about Kane being one of their own. To them, he is a representation of them on the pitch, despite the fact that the striker was reported to be a boyhood Arsenal fan.

Tottenham not quite at title-winning level

Kane has shown great commitment to a club and team that are not quite at title-winning level. Last season for much of the campaign Mauricio Pochettino’s men were in the hunt for the title. They looked confident, strong and very capable of winning the title.

However, last season was a truly unique campaign. The fact that Tottenham and Leicester finished in the top four illustrated that perfectly. This season was always going to see a return to the top of the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and even Liverpool.

Tottenham had a chance to improve their squad this summer. Unfortunately, they blew it. The north London club spent some money, but it was not wisely invested in the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Vincent Janssen.

The board had the chance to really back promising boss Mauricio Pochettino. However, instead of backing him they made the Argentinian shop in the ‘could be a gamble section’ of the transfer market.

Judging by recent criticism of Sissoko by Pochettino, it seems that the French midfielder was maybe not his signing, or at least not his first choice signing anyway.

Tottenham does have rich owners. They choose not to spend their personal wealth in the club and the north London club are very much a well-run business. Unfortunately for Tottenham fans well-run clubs do not generally triumph. It is the big-spending clubs that usually win out, last season apart of course.

Spurs fans want to be in the top echelons of English clubs. At the moment the clubs hierarchy do not seem to share that vision. They are quite happy for Spurs to be at their current level, as long as they do not have to put their hands in their pocket to spend any of their money.

Challenging for a top-four spot now a priority

Despite their poor run of form in recent games, Spurs are still fifth in the Premier League table. However, Pochettino’s men are now four points behind fourth-place arch-rivals Arsenal.

Winning the title this season is a major long shot, but finishing in the top-four is not. The north London side are currently odds of 6/4 to finish in the Champions League this season. Considering the recent arrivals at other clubs fourth spot would be a major achievement for Spurs.

Tottenham have shown great ambition in tying down their best players to longer contracts. With the likes of Manchester United being linked with Kane in recent months, it is good to see the striker committing his future to the club.

If Tottenham are to develop into a major force in English football they need more players of the same stature of Kane. They need players who can influence and have major impacts on their team’s fortunes.

If Spurs be able to sign or develop players in that mould then the long-term future looks bright. If not then they will remain a club just outside the top bracket of English football for a long time to come.

Has Harry Kane made the right decision by extending his Spurs contract?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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