Look, I don’t like to kick a club when it’s down, nor do I like to wallow in filth, but, from time to time, I have to admit, nothing beats a good wallowing. Our latest installment comes courtesy of Sevilla’s Europa League triumph over Roma, which allows all of those Spuds out there to celebrate being trophy-adjacent once again. This time, it’s bit players Erik Lamela and Bryan Gil who deliver the closest thing to a trophy Tottenham will actually enjoy, and they join a long and ever-lengthening list.
The list of Tottenham’s trophy-winners is indeed impressive. I don’t mean to present an exhaustive list (for it would be exhausting, but here’s a quick run-down:
- Michael Carrick didn’t win anything in two years with Tottenham but went on to win the Prem five times, the FA Cup once, the League Cup twice, the Community Shiled six times, the Champions League and the Europa League once each, all with Man U.
- Dmitri Berbatov: unique on this list for having helped Tottenham win the League Cup back in 2008, he went on to win the Prem in 2009 and 2011, the League Cup again in 2010, and the Community Shield in 2010 and 2011, all with Man U.
- Luka Modrić left Tottenham and went on to win La Liga three times, the Copa Del Rey twice, the Supercopa de España four times, and the Champions League five times. Oh, he also picked up the Ballon D’or.
- Gareth Bale, like Modrić, enjoyed immense success after leaving Tottenham, winning La Liga three times, the Copa Del Rey and Supercopa de España once each, and the Champions League five times.
- Étienne Capoue won the Europa League just the one time. Sorry, Étienne, but we’re going chronologically here, and Bale and Modrić are tough acts to follow.
- Kyle Walker won the Prem five times (maybe six?), the FA Cup once (maybe twice?), the League Cup four times, and the Community Shield twice.
- Christian Eriksen died, came back to life, and won a scudetto and a League Cup (and has a chance at adding the FA Cup).
- Kieran Trippier won La Liga.
- Jan Vertonghen won Portugal’s Primeira Liga title.
- Cameron Carter-Vickers has won the Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup twice (perhaps fueling a feverish desire for him to join Ange Postecoglou at this sorry excuse for a club).
- Tanguy Ndombélé won a scudetto.
There are almost certainly others, but the pattern is patently clear: any player who wants to earn silverware has no choice but to leave Tottenham. I’m genuinely torn on this. On one hand, Harry Kane is a Spud, so I should (and do) dislike him. He pads his stats, he backs under opponents who’ve jumped to win headers, and he plays for Tottenham (I may have repeated myself). On the other hand, he’s a generational talent, and it would be a shame to see him retire without anything to show for it other than individual records. I almost wish that Tottenham had qualified for Europa Conference League play because it would give Kane a path towards a trophy. Without that, he’s likely to leave Tottenham but stay in the Prem (Man U? Chelsea?) so that he can at least overtake Alan Shearer for most Prem goals scored. He’d need two seasons, minimum, to score the 48 goals he’d need for that.
Now, I know that we’ve seen our own fair share of players leave for greater success elsewhere. As painful as it is to point out, Cole, Toure, Clichy, Fabregas, Nasri, and van Persie all found the promised land elsewhere. However, that was largely during a nadir in our club’s path. Tottenham just completed one of its best spells in club history only to come out the other side still empty-handed. We’re just now emerging from a supposedly barren period during which we won four FA Cups (and four Community Shields). Tottenham probably should have sold Kane or Son a summer ago when they could have commanded a princely sum, even if this meant seeing the player sold join the list of trophy winners.
At this point, that club and those players may just be stuck with each other, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.