Harry Kane is desperate to end Tottenham Hotspur’s trophy drought this season.
Spurs are third in the Premier League, just six points behind leaders Liverpool, and are also in the Carabao Cup semi-finals, holding a 1-0 aggregate victory over Chelsea ahead of the second leg. They also face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League round of 16, and take on Crystal Palace in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Spurs last won a trophy in 2008, when they lifted the League Cup after victory over Chelsea at Wembley.
They have gone close in the league over the last few seasons, notably pushing both Leicester City and Chelsea close in their pursuit of the ultimate prize in English football.
However, Spurs have never managed to get over the finish line under Mauricio Pochettino, also falling in the final of the League Cup in 2014-15, and the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
Kane is determined to buck that trend this term, with Pochettino’s team seemingly well-placed to finally end their wait for silverware.
Speaking to Sky Sports, ahead of Spurs’ clash with Manchester United this weekend, he said: “I’ve said all along that the aim of a professional footballer is to win team trophies.
“There will be no better feeling than to win something with these guys, we’ve all worked so hard over the last three or four years to turn Spurs into a team that contends each and every year.
“We’re in a good stage, we’re in a semi-final [Carabao Cup] with a 1-0 lead, we’re in the FA Cup and Champions League and we’re not too far off in the Premier League, although there is a long way to go.
“So far, so good, but it’s this stage of the season that we have just fallen behind in the past so it is important this year that we step it up, work even harder and go into these games and try and bring it home.”
Kane, of course, has been in prolific form for Spurs this season, scoring 20 goals in 30 games in all competitions.
Kane could solidify himself as a Spurs legend if he guides the club to a major trophy this season.
There has been an accusation often levelled against Pochettino’s side that they simply have to win silverware if they are to retain their best players.
Kane is at the forefront of that list, and has become a genuinely world-class talent during his time in north London.
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In 243 games for Spurs, he has scored 160 goals, but those statistics are not what fans look back on when assessing the careers of players.
Kane, as it stands, is the beacon of hope for Spurs fans, and is the leader the club needs at this stage of the season.
The club remain in four competitions, and winning the Carabao Cup would lift a weight from Pochettino’s shoulders, and potentially convince him to stay at the club long-term too.
If Kane can keep hitting the back of the net, it surely won’t be long before he has a winners’ medal around his neck.