Tottenham’s gonna do it again. In the best non-Packer or Badger related news of the week took place in London. The never disappointing Tottenham Hotspur inked Prince Harry Kane to a new contract that could keep the world class striker with the Spurs until 2022. Kane will make roughly $5.2M per year.
The 23-year-old, who was the Premier League’s top scorer last season, is a symbol of the club with his status as a homegrown talent. His decision to commit for longer has not only delighted the supporters but will discourage the predatory rivals that have chased his signature. Kane’s previous deal, signed in February 2015, had tied him to the club until 2020.
Kane is pure #9 striker and a welcome home grown addition (HE’S ONE OF OUR OWN!) after the disastrous Roberto Soldado signing that wasted £26 million of the Gareth Bale Sale windfall. Kane’s new deal may (temporarily) quell some of the “Kane to Manchester United” rumors that seem to pop up every few weeks.
Tottenham while never failing to fall short of expectations, has done a nice job of locking up young talent to hopefully a strong consistent group of core players for the next several seasons.
Tottenham again is the youngest team in the BPL with an average age of just 25.5. The preferred back 4 defenders above the average with Walker (26), Alderweireld (27), Vertonghen (27), Rose (26). GK Hugo Lloris and midfielder Mousa Dembele are the oldest regular starters at 29. Victor Wanyama was brought in for depth in the defensive midfield and is only 24. The attacking players are quite young with Kane (23), Dele (20), Lamela (24), Son (24), Janssen (22), Eriksen (24) all making up the regular offensive pieces. Indespnsible midfielder Eric Dier is just 22.
Aside from Kane this week, Tottenham has also moved to secure some of its young nucleus previously starting in September 2016. A month into the 2016 campaign they extended Christen Eriksen’s deal through 2020. The Danish midfielder has been dangerous on set pieces and was 6th in the BPL in “chances created” during the 2015-16 season. Shortly after Eriksen, it was Eric Dier’s turn. The rising English national team player signed a 5-year deal to keep him with Tottenham until 2021. Dele followed Dier and signed a 6-year deal that will keep him with Tottenham until 2022. Fullback Kyle Walker followed Dele, signing a contract to keep him in Spurs colors until 2021. The other fullback, Danny Rose, signed a 5-year deal to keep him with Tottenham until 2021. Vertonghen has agreed to a new deal
but nothing official reported as of yet. *Update: Vertonghen signed a new deal to keep him with the Spurs through 2019.
Obviously, not every signing is gold. There are also some notable misses with Moussa Sissoko filling Soldado’s shoes of late.
Yet the 27-year-old, whose progress was interrupted by a three-game ban for an elbow flung at Harry Arter during a draw at Bournemouth in October, has started only four Premier League matches and, having underwhelmed, was omitted from the matchday squad entirely for the defeat at Chelsea on Saturday.
To recap, among the regular XI:
GK Lloris: maybe going to be signed, but unclear
LFB Walker (Signed 2021) CB Vertonghen (
yes? Signed 2019) CB Alderweireld (Signed 2019, mutual interest in extension) RFB Rose (Signed 2021)
DM Dier (Signed 2021) DM Dembele (Signed 2019) DM Wanyama (Signed 2021)
M Eriksen (Signed 2020) M Dele (2022)
F Kane (Signed 2022)
So at least 9 of the preferred XI (currently) inked through 2019, and 5 of those signed through through 2022.
In addition, Erik Lamela is looking to sign long-term deals of his own.
Despite a humiliating UCL experience, the future looks bright for the Spurs to continue to be competitive in the BPL at least. They have generally avoided patching holes through splash signings in the transfer window and clearly Mauricio Pochettino is the kind of coach players are eager to commit too. Let the lofty expectations commence unchecked by the entire history of the club from 1882 to present.
Keeping talent has long been Spurs’ problem. This is the club that didn’t just sell Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, but also Luka Modric. Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov were also sold to Manchester United. This is a club that has done a good job buying, growing and showcasing good young players before, but has too often seen them slip away.
With that history, a new stadium on the way that will aid their attempts to maintain a place among the country’s best and a group of young players like Eriksen, Alli, Dier, Rose and Kane, it’s no wonder they moved to re-sign them all. And re-sign them they did.
Now Spurs will still have to hit the transfer market and, ideally, do better than they did last summer. They’ll have to deal with all of next season at Wembley Stadium as their new stadium is built and then they’ll have to transition to their new ground. All of this will happen while the top of the Premier League gets richer and better than ever, making Spurs’ fight for the top four a real slough. But they’ll get to do that with their entire young core intact. That was their goal, and that’s what they did.