Harry Kane is yet to win a major honour, with another final going against Spurs this season. Jason Pettigrove asks if he will ever achieve his ambitions at White Hart Lane.
Another final where Tottenham Hotspur hardly covered themselves in glory.
In fairness, Manchester City never allowed them time to breathe in the Carabao Cup at Wembley, though had Harry Kane had his shooting boots on, the north Londoners might well have made more of a game of it.
xG map for the League Cup final
it just wasn't really competitive pic.twitter.com/WBT90QHXiI
— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2021
Were it not for Aymeric Laporte’s timely headed winner, Spurs were still in the game despite not really doing an awful lot.
That shouldn’t reflect badly on Ryan Mason, a stand-in for now in the Tottenham hot-seat and someone thrown in completely at the deep end after the sacking of Jose Mourinho at the start of the week.
Mourinho won 4 Carabao Cup Finals in his career having a 100% record in finals.
Spurs sacked him just a couple of days before this Cup Final
In the end, the truth prevails. pic.twitter.com/8lxQa6nuTL
— C. (@CatenaccioChris) April 25, 2021
As has been commonplace at the clubs where he’s worked, the ‘Special One’ remains an acquired taste. Players either love him or hate him and it’s fair to say there’s been a fair sprinkling of both at White Hart Lane.
Kane is known to have had the utmost respect for his boss, and injuries aside has probably kept the Portuguese in his position for longer than expected, given the dour nature of Tottenham’s play when compared to their free-flowing and exciting way of working under Mauricio Pochettino.
Harry Kane under Jose Mourinho:
Games: 62 🏃♂️
Goals: 45 ⚽
Assists: 17 🎯
Mourinho wasn't lying 💥 pic.twitter.com/0uiByrFkhe
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 23, 2021
It’s perhaps the notion of having a coach that is better suited to the club, its ambitions and way of doing things that just might see Kane commit his longer-term future to the club.
Three years ago, the hit-man made no secret of his personal desire and ambition to win trophies, ideally with Tottenham.
Asked what would happen if Spurs were unable to fulfill that criteria, Kane was honest enough to say that he would have to consider his options.
Yesterday was tough to take we gave it our all but came up short. Can just focus on five massive games to go in the league. Brilliant to have had fans back in the stadium. pic.twitter.com/DyhIU7z21r
— Harry Kane (@HKane) April 26, 2021
There’s a strong likelihood that he’s doing exactly that at this moment in time, notwithstanding that if Daniel Levy were going to entertain losing his prized asset, he’ll still demand top dollar, pandemic or no pandemic.
Levy, in fact, is crucial to what happens next in Kane’s career.
Though he’ll never lose the hard-nosed edge of the businessman, he has to accept that if Spurs are to improve to the extent where they’re regularly challenging for honours, then the purse strings have to be loosened a little.
How much longer does he want Tottenham to be known as a ‘sleeping giant?’ It’s about time they woke up.
With the calibre of player they have in situ and the type of player they can attract, they need to be doing far, far better.
A decent, top-level coach makes good players great and great players excellent, so how Levy manoeuvres in the managerial market this summer is absolutely integral to Kane’s next move.
Convince him that Spurs are moving in the right direction and with the right personnel, and the striker has enough emotional investment in the club to stay for another season at the very least.