Tottenham MUST invest in transfers as Carabao Cup win not enough to keep Harry Kane, claims Woodgate
23rd April 2021

JONATHAN WOODGATE fears a Carabao Cup triumph will not be enough to keep Harry Kane happy at Tottenham.

Former England defender Woodgate scored an extra-time winner in the 2008 League Cup final to land Spurs their last piece of silverware.

He is hopeful his old side can repeat that feat to end their trophy drought against Manchester City on Sunday.

But the Bournemouth boss feels it will take more than a Wembley winners’ medal to convince 31-goal Kane that staying put is right for his career.

Woody, 41, said: “They’ll need more investment for Harry Kane to stay, I’m sure of that.

“He’s been unbelievable again this season and scored so many goals. He’s evolved as a player by making so many assists. He’s an incredible talent.

“I’d say Spurs need to invest to try to keep Harry Kane at the club.”

Just like this weekend, Spurs were the underdogs at Wembley 13 years ago as Avram Grant’s Chelsea were miles above them in the Premier League.

Didier Drogba opened the scoring with a free-kick but Spurs levelled through Dimitar Berbatov’s penalty.

Woodgate sealed it four minutes into extra-time, rising to meet Jermaine Jenas’ free-kick, only for Petr Cech’s punch to rebound off his head and in.


He said: “It was down to Michael Dawson’s misfortune. He got a hamstring strain and I am sure he would have started the final having played all the way through. I was thrust into it.

“I don’t remember a great deal about the goal! I was getting cramp.

“I didn’t think Drogba was great at marking from set-plays and he was marking me.

“So I thought if JJ put it in the right area, I’d go and attack it. I know Petr Cech punched it on to my head and it went in.

“It’s an out-of-body sensation. You dream of scoring in a cup final in the playground as a kid.”

Ex-Real Madrid ace Woodgate had only joined Spurs from Middlesbrough the month before.

Juande Ramos was boss at the time but the Spaniard did not last much longer and was replaced by Harry Redknapp after a horror start the next season.

Woodgate added: “I got on quite well with Juande because I could speak Spanish. His English wasn’t great so it was difficult. He had Gus Poyet translating.

“It’s my only trophy so it’s got to be one of my best moments as a player. Every time I see a Spurs fan, they still tell me about it.

“My son’s got the medal and Man of the Match trophy in his bedroom.

“It’s part of the club’s history now, winning that last trophy for them. I’m sure, sooner or later, they’re going to win a trophy.”

Spurs’ build-up for Sunday has been a disaster, with the European Super League farce and Jose Mourinho’s axe.

But Woody is adamant they cannot be written off, given the talent at the disposal of interim boss Ryan Mason.

The former Newcastle man added: “Tottenham have some exceptional players, the likes of Kane, Son Heung-min, Gareth Bale, Dele Alli when he plays.

“You’ve got to be confident. There’s no point going into the final thinking you can’t win.

“For me, they stand a chance. You can never write a team of Spurs’ calibre off.”­

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