Kane must leave Spurs for silverware: Villas-Boas

LONDON • Tottenham's FA Cup fifth-round replay opponents Rochdale will represent a golden opportunity for Harry Kane to set a new personal best today, having already equalled last season's milestone of 35 goals in all competitions with his winner against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

But his former manager Andre Villas-Boas feels the striker, 24, must eventually leave the Premier League club if he wants to win trophies regardless of his hero status.

The league's Golden Boot winner for the last two seasons is chasing a third as he sits atop the charts with 24 goals in 27 matches.

"If he has a hunger for trophies, he would have to leave Spurs. If he has no hunger for that, but (wants) stability, he would stay," Villas-Boas, who managed Tottenham from July 2012 to December 2013, told British media.

"Spurs are in that breakout moment of becoming a great football team - the (new) stadium, infrastructure, training ground, the team is very well managed.

"The trophy cabinet is still what is missing for this great club. That is in the end what footballers chase - glory. For Harry, one or two more years at Spurs wouldn't be bad and then see how the club develops."

Spurs finished in the league's top three in the last two terms but their last piece of silverware came in the 2008 League Cup.

Villas-Boas also said that he was not the best coach for Kane, with the player sent out on loan to Norwich and Leicester during his time in charge.

"His breakthrough came with Tim Sherwood a few months after I left (but) I had fond memories of him," he said. "I was surprised at how well it turned out for him.

"I attribute this to his own merit, (he is a) really well-driven individual."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 28, 2018, with the headline 'Kane must leave Spurs for silverware: Villas-Boas'. Print Edition | Subscribe