In today’s Tottenham Hotspur roundup, we take a look at some of the biggest stories involving the Lilywhites from the last 72 hours. Daniel Levy has discussed his decision to build a new stadium over bringing in new signings, Jack Clarke’s saga has turned him into a wanted man, and Anton Ferdinand has insisted Harry Kane should leave the club to win trophies.
Report: When speaking to talkSPORT, former West Ham defender Anton Ferdinand stated: “If I’m honest, he’s got to go. He’s a fantastic player, there is no question, there is no doubt about it.
“He wants to wake up in how many years’ time, speak to his children, his grandchildren and say ‘look what I’ve won’… not ‘look I’ve played for this club for 10 years and was loyal to this club, playing for this club for 10, 15, 20 years’.”
Verdict: Since breaking into the side, Kane has scored an incredible 168 goals in 259 appearances, as he chases records such as Alan Shearer’s Premier League one. But, as Ferdinand stated, with the ability Kane has he should be winning trophies, and if the striker wanted to he could probably get into any team in world football.
Of course, winning silverware is by no means beyond Tottenham – they did reach last season’s Champions League final, after all. But will they become serial trophy winners in the same way as Manchester City, the back-to-back champions, or Chelsea who tend to even end bad seasons – such as Antonio Conte’s last – with silverware? Recent history suggests not.
Report: The Express reports that Spurs are considering bringing Jack Clarke back to the club as Leeds United boss Marco Bielsa continues not to include the teenager in his plans for the season. It is reported that the likes of West Ham, Crystal Palace, and Everton are considering a move for the 18-year-old, should Spurs bring him back from the Whites in January.
Verdict: After winning the Young Player of the Year at Leeds, Spurs signed the winger in July and immediately loaned him back to the Yorkshire club in the hope he could continue his development there. Clarke bagged two goals and provided four assists in 22 Championship appearances last year, but in 2019/20 he’s still awaiting his first league outing of the campaign.
There’s little point in him wallowing on the Leeds bench but with Lucas Moura, Son Heung-min, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela all battling for spots out wide back at Tottenham, sending Clarke out on loan is the right call. If Spurs can get him some Premier League experience this season, they’ll be turning a difficult situation into a major positive for the youngster.
Report: Daniel Levy has spoken to the Financial Times, discussing his decision to build Spurs’ new stadium at the expense of more signings. The Spurs chairman said: “I understand as I am a fan, clearly you want to win on the pitch. But we have been trying to look at this slightly differently, in that we want to make sure we ensure an infrastructure here to stand the test of time.
“We could have easily spent more money on players. Who knows if that would have bought us more success or not. The right approach is to build from the bottom up. There is no quick fix to becoming a much more significant global club.”
Verdict: Undoubtedly, Spurs’ new stadium is state-of-the-art with some alleging the cost to be more than £1billion. However, despite the luxury of the new home, not signing any players at all for two transfer windows is inevitably going to leave supporters questioning the club’s ambitions.
Likewise, perhaps if Levy had brought in more new players, the likes of Christian Eriksen wouldn’t be looking elsewhere. Even after snapping up Tanguy Ndombele this summer, it still feels as though Spurs haven’t taken advantage of their Champions League finalist status in the transfer market – perhaps because of the major rebuild of the club’s home.