Jose Mourinho must provide answer to Harry Kane’s curiosity over Tottenham future – Stan Collymore

If Jose Mourinho doesn’t win anything this season, then the big question is this: What on Earth happens with Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son?

They are 27 and 28, respectively, so very much in their peak years, and there’s no way one of the really big boys isn’t looking at the form they’re in and thinking they wouldn’t mind signing one of them or the pair ­together to make them part of their trophy-winning machine.

The statistics back up that they are a partnership who could do the business anywhere in the world.

And the comparisons with the ­goalscoring pairing of Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba are valid.

All that’s missing from Kane and Son’s partnership, though, is trophies and, sooner or later, they will both want to rectify that.

Mourinho must deliver a trophy to convince Kane they are going in the right direction
Mourinho must deliver a trophy to convince Kane they are going in the right direction

Mauricio Pochettino, who knows them well, has the Paris Saint-Germain cash and trophy cabinet to lure them.

But less surprising would be to see either Manchester City and Manchester United – or both – having a real go for Kane, and Bayern Munich doing the same with Sonny.

Which is why the FA Cup has an extra importance for Tottenham this season and why the League Cup Final against City in April has arguably ­become the most important game in the club’s modern history.

More important, even, than the Champions League final in 2019.

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I’m not saying that winning the League Cup is a bigger achievement than winning the Champions League because it isn’t.

But if you’re looking at where Spurs are now and where they want to get, then, with Kane and Son both ­reportedly in talks over new deals, a League Cup Final win would give the club a real platform to build on.

Daniel Levy hired Mourinho to win trophies and, while plenty of people might not particularly like the smell of his football, Spurs fans will hold their noses if he starts to put silverware in the cabinet.

A League Cup Final victory would mean the Portuguese being able to walk into the Spurs dressing-room and say, “There you go, there’s the club’s first trophy in 13 years.

“I told you I was a winner, so ­everybody keep calm, sign those new contracts and I will take you on to ­bigger and better things”.

Son Heung-min may also weigh-up his options if Spurs miss out on silverware
Son Heung-min may also weigh-up his options if Spurs miss out on silverware

Look at the way he used the League Cup as a platform for his achievements at Chelsea.

And if he can do it against his old rival Pep Guardiola this time out, then he can sit down with Kane and Son and say, “In the summer, we’re going for a couple of Europe’s big boys, him and him, so you can see the ­direction we’re heading in”.

If they don’t win the League Cup and fail to win the FA Cup as well, then Kane and Son will definitely stop and think about what they now want from their careers.

Because how long does any top player go without looking at what Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson have won – or Jamie Vardy for that matter?

If you’re looking at most routine winners at their best – legends such as Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, John Terry, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo – they all made hay while the sun shone in that golden period of their careers when they were 28 or 29.

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Mourinho has a great chance to end Spurs' 13-year trophy drought
Mourinho has a great chance to end Spurs’ 13-year trophy drought

 

And, once they get to the age of 30, would a Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or City be willing to spend £120million, at the very least, on Kane or Son?

I’m not sure they would.

So the League Cup Final, ­especially, is a ­pivotal ­moment for Spurs.

Win it and it’s a starting point, a ­justification for Kane and Son to remain.

Should Tottenham lose it, however, then the pair will be thinking, “I’m ­going to hold fire on ­signing a new contract until I see some evidence that we’re bringing in players who will get us to that level”.

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