Levy & Lewis out: if players want to win trophies (just ask Bale, Modric etc.)
By Don Scully
If Harry Kane wants to win trophies, then he is wasting his time at Spurs. If he is unsure, all he needs to do is ask the players who walked away and into glory. For example: Luka Modric won 17 titles at Real Madrid, and he is just the tip of the iceberg
Harry Kane has told the club that he wants to leave in the summer to win trophies. To be fair on him, he has tried and tried damned hard, but Levy won’t put in the money as other top clubs do to win those trophies. Levy would rather get his players on the cheap, or like Kane, from the club’s youth academy.
Kane feels the time is running out to finally get his hands on some silverware, and if he looks back at previous players, it would suggest that moving away from the club will yield him trophies
Since we won the Carling Cup in 2008, 27 players left and won titles elsewhere
Harry Kane has two runners-up medals in the League Cup and one in both the Premier League and Champions League. For somebody of the quality of Harry Kane, that is disgusting, and we all know who to point the finger at?
Jermain Defoe was one of the most recent to do so, getting his hands on the Scottish Premiership title under Steven Gerrard’s stewardship at Rangers.
Players that have won trophies after leaving Spurs & Levy far behind
Titles won: Premier League (x3) Club World Cup, English League Cup
Titles won: MLS Cup (x3), MLS Supporter’s Shield
Titles won: Eredivisie, Finnish League (x2), Finnish Cup
Titles won: Saudi Arabian League (x2), Saudi Cup (x2)
Titles won: LaLiga, Serie A, Italian Cup, German Cup
Titles won: Egyptian League (x4), Egyptian Cup, CAF Champions League, CAF Confederation Cup
Titles won: Portuguese League, Portuguese Super Cup
Titles won: Czech League, Polish League (x2), Israeli League, Greek Cup
Titles won: Spanish Cup
Titles won: Premier League (x3), FA Cup, League Cup (x4), Community Shield (x2)
Titles won: South African League (x4), South African Cup
Titles won: Russian Cup
Titles won: Russian League, Russian Cup (x4), Russian Super Cup
Titles won: MLS Supporter’s Shield
Titles won: UEFA Champions League (x4), LaLiga (x2), Spanish Cup, Spanish Super Cup (x3), FIFA Club World Cup (x4), UEFA Super Cup (x3)
Arguably the most successful since leaving the club, Luka Modric became an all-time great at Real Madrid.
Rafael van der Vaart
Titles won: Danish League
Titles won: UEFA Champions League (x4), LaLiga (x2), Spanish Cup, Spanish Super Cup (x2), FIFA Club World Cup (x4), UEFA Super Cup (x3)
Bale has done it and won it all with Los Blancos. He is the most decorated British players to go overseas and is the man for the big occasion, scoring multiple times in Champions League finals. Another benchmark for Kane.
Titles won: Scottish Premiership
Titles won: MLS Cup, MLS Supporter’s Shield, US Open Cup
Titles won: Romanian Cup
Titles won: LaLiga, Spanish Cup, Chinese League (x4), Chinese Cup, Chinese Super Cup (x2), AFC Champions League
Paulinho won titles in China and in Spain with Barcelona after struggling in north London
Titles won: Ligue 1, French Cup, French League Cup, French Super Cup (x2)
Titles won: Mexican League, Mexican Cup
Titles won: Turkish League, Turkish Cup
Titles won: Serie A
Titles won: Italian Cup
If you want to stay at Spurs, expect to win nothing, as Harry Kane has learnt and why he wants to leave. But he won’t be the last; a whole host of players will also go unless Levy and Lewis go or unclench their cheeks to allow money out (that they’ve been hoarding) to build title & trophy-winning teams
The only thing of any note that Levy and Lewis have achieved is creating a magnificent stadium but at a cost. That is by tearing the heart and soul out of our White Hart Lane and creating a money machine that has rewarded Lewis, Levy, the board, and its investors.
As for the fans; they’ve been milked of money (higher Season and Premium ticket prices), but no trophies that other directors managed to collect for them… even Alan Sugar managed 2 in roughly ten years. Levy has been there 20 years and won one of the minimal English trophies available… unless you go down a division.
I agree that he is a good businessman, but he is not a good football club chairman. Most chairmen see trophies, glory, and such; he sees money and has made himself one of the wealthiest chairmen in world football.
He sees success through Spurs academy, and that is because they are homegrown (they cost nothing), or through cut priced players, where if you want a successful team, you have to fork out large quantities of money, ask Chelski, the two Machester clubs, Liverpool and the Gooners, all have learnt and spent money to win trophies. Even clubs like Leicester City have won the League Title and FA Cup, who are supposed to be down the rich pecking order list.
And as for getting the right manager to manage the team, well, that has been a joke. The one manager that did win us something (league cup in 2008) was quickly sacked afterwards.
And he can’t use COVID as an excuse as that also applies to the other clubs, but they all are spending the money to build a robust and challenging team.
Another season out of the Champions League because of his tight-fisted policies and probably seeing us falling even lower down the league. That is what we’ve got in 20 years of failed chairmanship when overseeing the team on the field.
By Don Scully
I have been following Spurs since the sixties and work in London. My current job is as a professional writer (working in the media), and I have work connections to the club and had previously worked for them. Including working at the old White Hart Lane stadium.
I also have my own blog and have written for the SpursWeb app & its website.