Show Us Your Medals…
Obviously, the fact Harry Kane talks about winning trophies, its suggested as a hint that he is already thinking about a big and fruitful move…
Of course when I say fruitful, I not only mean that he doubles or trebles his Spurs wage, but wins a bucketful of silverware that he will 'never' win with Spurs. Question is, whether Harry is one of the rare breed that would put a love for club over all other rewards or jump ship to seek riches of material things, he cannot guarantee with Spurs?
Perhaps if we were talking about almost any other player, I would almost be resigned to the feeling that they may well seek the A list move to Madrid, Barca or even a United or City, should the lure prove too great. Is Harry Kane really any different or can Spurs mount a challenge for honours that the media feel is out of our reach?
In a short career, can we honestly blame any player for wanting to maximise their earning potential and if there are medals on offer, does that sweeten the pill? Should however Harry get the mega deal from Spurs of say £10m a year, the captaincy sooner rather than later and the knowledge that he is a club hero and legend, a sufficient reward?
I guess it all depends of the individual and we perhaps only have to look in the mirror and ask ourselves what we would do in our own professional lives? For me, footballers are human and not every player wants to play abroad and will put happiness and family values over career advancement.
Equally, what do Spurs have to do to persuade the likes of Harry and others to see their future at WHL? The obvious thing is to pay more, buy big and retain the seemingly happy atmosphere in the dressing room, which isn`t to be underestimated. Is that possible?
Can we match the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea, who seem more and more focussed on balancing the books over Roman`s former spend, spend spend policy? Perhaps we accept that the Manchester clubs are just too wealthy, but is there anything anyone else can do about them?
With a new stadium and greater revenue (even wth the debt to pay), are we in a position where we can at least compete better? Do we have to compete better and keep juggling with developing our own players and accepting we sell the occasional star, but on our terms when possible?
In todays game, how important are the domestic cups to a player? Sure the Prem title and Champions league are massive, but does a League or FA Cup really make a player stay? In the case of Kane, would breaking scoring records be a greater career reward than anything else? Any half decent player can win the FA Cup, but only a great one can win a Golden Boot etc.
Clearly some players will always want the challenge and financial reward of playing for the games true elite and who can honestly blame them, but is the prospect of still earning major money and being a club legend still as appealing? In twenty years time, I can see a player revered on the terraces for his acts for a club. Will that be said for one that has served several clubs and won numerous honours, but is a true legend at none of them? You tell me...
Written by Oxfordspur