Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been looking back their team’s 2017 in the last few days, a year in which they again failed to win a trophy, but did secure their highest ever Premier League finish under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs showed signs of improvement by registering a third place effort back in 2016, ending up behind Leicester City and Arsenal in the table, but the North London outfit improved again last year to finish runners-up behind champions Chelsea, albeit still seven points adrift of Antonio Conte’s Blues. Yet it wasn’t all good news for Pochettino’s side as they extended their already lengthy spell without winning a trophy last year, coming closest by reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup before losing to Chelsea at Wembley.
Nonetheless, many of our resident Spurs fans looked back on 2017 with satisfaction and as such are eagerly anticipating 2018, and what their side could go on the achieve on both the domestic and European stage.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for those Tottenham fans lining up at the bar to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that striker Harry Kane could be set for a salary ‘hike’ come the end of the season.
And if Spurs are to indeed continue challenging for major honours, both at home and in Europe, and indeed keep some of their brightest stars, they simply have to change tack and indeed pay the 24-year-old ace exactly what he is worth.
Ultimately, Tottenham’s stringent wage structure has been under the microscope for a while now, ever since they started competing nearer the top of the Premier League and consistently made their way into European competition.
Yet the wage policy hasn’t really changed in line with the club’s progression in recent times and, as evidenced by Danny Rose’s interview over the summer, Spurs players clearly aren’t being paid on a similar level to fellow Premier League title rivals, notably the Manchester duo.
Yet they continue to house some of the best players in the division, of which Kane is undoubtedly one with the Englishman set for a fourth successive campaign of 20 plus goals in the league, after a calendar year in which he scored more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Add in the likes of Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen, and Hugo Lloris to name but a few, and it’s arguable that, on paper, Spurs have the closest eleven to match current runaway leaders Manchester City.
As such, Spurs simply have to pay the striker what he’s worth if they are to keep him at the club for the foreseeable future. Doing so would be a huge statement of intent to the rest of England, and indeed the rest of Europe.
But it would be the clearest indication to Kane and others that this Tottenham team is here to stay, to compete for trophies every season, and to take on some of the best Europe has to offer.
Undoubtedly, Tottenham are a much better team when Kane plays, much in the same way Manchester United are with Paul Pogba, and Chelsea are with Eden Hazard. And that value is represented in their earnings.
It’s now up to Spurs to match that ambition and pay the 24-year-old exactly what he is worth if he is to remain at the North London club for the foreseeable future.
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