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Harry Kane: Former Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate says club need trophies to keep star striker

Jonathan Woodgate says Tottenham should begin delivering trophies to keep maintain of Harry Kane however is just not satisfied lifting the Carabao Cup will probably be ample.

Former defender Woodgate cemented his place in Spurs folklore by securing the club’s final piece of silverware courtesy of an extra-time winner towards Chelsea within the 2008 League Cup last.

Tottenham will search additional Wembley glory in that competitors on Sunday after they tackle holders Manchester City.

Striker Kane, who’s uncertain for the sport due to an ankle damage, is but to win a significant honour and Woodgate believes the north Londoners need to finish the 13-year trophy drought and commit to further funding to stop their star man eyeing a transfer elsewhere.

Jonathan Woodgate scored the winning in the 2008 League Cup final (PA)
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Jonathan Woodgate scored the successful objective for Tottenham within the 2008 League Cup last

“They have to [start winning silverware] with the stadium they have built and with the players they have got,” mentioned Woodgate, who manages Championship facet 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.”

Asked if breaking City’s three-year stranglehold on the cup can be sufficient to appease Kane, Woodgate replied: “I’m not positive.


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“They will need more investment for Harry Kane to stay, I’m sure of that.

“He’s been unbelievable once more this season and scored so many objectives and even developed as a participant 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.”

Harry Kane appeared to pick up an ankle injury during the closing stages at Goodison Park
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Kane is a doubt for Sunday’s Carabao Cup last due to ankle damage

Woodgate was making solely his fifth Tottenham look 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 out Didier Drogba’s free-kick opener.

Despite ending runners-up within the Premier League and Champions League below Mauricio Pochettino lately, the club haven’t added to their trophy cupboard since.

Spurs look possible to miss out on Champions League qualification for a second successive season and can run out on the nationwide stadium on the finish of tumultuous week which included a failed try to be part of an elite European Super League and the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

Rookie supervisor Ryan Mason is tasked with halting the extended barren spell after being thrust into the Tottenham sizzling seat on the age of simply 29 following Mourinho’s departure.

Tottenham Hotspur Interim manager Ryan Mason during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Picture date: Wednesday April 21, 2021.
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Ryan Mason has been positioned in short-term cost of Tottenham till the top of the season

Woodgate was within the Tottenham facet when Mason – who was compelled to retire in 2018 due to a fractured cranium suffered enjoying for Hull – made his skilled debut in a UEFA Cup win over Dutch club NEC Nijmegen in 2008.

The 41-year-old is conversant in sudden managerial alternatives having succeeded the sacked Jason Tindall in February simply two days after becoming a member of Bournemouth as a coach and has urged Mason to take advantage of his “live interview”.

“He must be well thought of at the football club to be given the reins until the end of the season. It’s fair play to Ryan,” mentioned 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 completely over the moon for him and he is Spurs by and thru so he is somebody the followers can relate to.

“It’s like a live interview. You never know what’s going to happen.

“They’ve come shut below Pochettino, who’s a unbelievable supervisor, Mourinho received them to the ultimate however now it is up to Ryan.”



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Former England worldwide Woodgate, who additionally represented Leeds, Newcastle, Real Madrid, Middlesbrough and Stoke in his enjoying days, was named man of the match for his influential cup last show towards Chelsea after being chosen to begin following an damage to Michael Dawson.

Winning at Wembley below the administration of Spanish coach Juande Ramos was a profession spotlight for the retired centre-back and stays a continuing speaking level when he bumps into Tottenham followers.

“It’s the only trophy I won so it’s got to be one of my best moments as a player,” he mentioned.

“It’s part of the club’s history now of being there and winning that last trophy for them. I am sure sooner or later they are going to win a trophy.

“But to give the Spurs followers that day – particularly beating Chelsea – was one thing particular for them and actually one thing particular for me.

“I still speak with some of the players now from that era and they are great memories.

“And each time I see a Spurs fan, that is all they ever say to me: ‘I used to be there if you scored’. It was an excellent day.”

Woodgate’s winner’s medal and man-of-the-match trophy are currently housed in his son’s bedroom, while his match-worn shirt is tucked away in a wardrobe.

Tottenham, who finished 11th that season, came crashing back down to earth a week later, losing 4-1 at soon to be relegated Birmingham.

Woodgate sat out at St Andrew’s due to an ankle issue and struggled to contain a smile when asked if the post-final party contributed to the subsequent heavy defeat.

“The celebrations have been actually good, to be sincere with you. You’ve received to get pleasure from these moments as a result of they do not occur the entire time,” he said.

“I undoubtedly loved it – I feel the entire different gamers did.

“It was huge for us because not many of us had won a trophy at that time and to beat a Chelsea team firing on all cylinders was good.

“We weren’t constant sufficient within the league however in cup competitions we might beat anybody.”

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