Former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson has issued a ‘huge’ Spurs warning ahead of the 2022/23 campaign while reacting to news on Harry Kane’s future.
The lowdown: Positive signs
Spurs have enjoyed a significant upturn in fortunes following the appointment of Antonio Conte back in November, finishing the 2021/22 season in impressive form.
The Lilywhites qualified for the UEFA Champions League as a result of finishing in the top four last term, winning the final three Premier League matches to secure a place among Europe’s elite for 2022/23.
Since then, Fabio Paratici has been hard at work in the transfer market, adding Richarlison, Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence and Clement Lenglet to Antonio Conte’s ranks, with potentially more still to come as well as a new deal for Harry Kane in the offing.
The latest: ‘Huge season’
Reacting to news that Kane is open to contract talks in a chat with Football Insider, ex-Spurs stopper and Sky Sports contributor Robinson said what happens on the pitch this season will determine everything.
“Performance holds everything together at Spurs. The pack of cards could quickly come crashing down if performances and results aren’t what is expected this year.
“If Spurs do not finish in the top four this season I would expect Conte and Kane to leave next summer. Their futures are dependant on results and one another. It will have a huge effect on what they both do going forward.
“Harry Kane expressed his desire to leave last year. He wanted to win trophies and have success before the end of his career.
“If there is no sign of progression this year and the manager leaves, the likes of Bayern Munich and PSG will come knocking.
“It is a huge season for Spurs on the field. By the same token, if they do well Conte and Kane would both probably sign new deals. It would take care of itself.”
The verdict: Spot on
Ultimately, progression will be required to keep two elite-level operators happy at Hotspur Way. Although contract negotiations appear to be ongoing with Kane, it could well be a case of Spurs simply protecting their asset in the long run for every possible eventuality.
One thing that is for sure is that after making a slow start to last season, the England captain is heading into the new campaign fit, firing and ready to go for the Lilywhites and will be hoping to make an instant impact this time around.
Adding silverware to the cabinet should be viewed as imperative in N17 and as such, with Conte and his eight major honours already under his belt, the Italian could be the man to bring trophies back to Tottenham.
Failure to do so may well end in unrest and some of the European superpowers could certainly come calling for Conte, Kane and others from the north London club.
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