Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Ledley King isn’t shy in coming forward with his thoughts about the club, and with plenty of ongoing talk about silverware at White Hart Lane, he’s reiterated that a trophy haul shouldn’t be how manager Mauricio Pochettino’s time with us is judged.
With Pochettino himself recently admitting that he felt it was time he needed “lift a trophy” to prove we had moved onto a new level, King felt that the club should simply be content with the progress that we’ve made.
“No, it is important just to improve. We all want to win trophies, every team wants to win trophies, but it is not a given. It is very difficult and no-one has a given right to win anything. The team will be trying to compete on all fronts to win anything, but I don’t think you can judge the season on not winning a trophy. We will be able to look at the season as a whole and see what we have done. Last season was great for the club but we didn’t win a trophy, so I don’t think it can be judged like that. We all realise how difficult it is to win trophies at the moment – Manchester City won three last year, so the competition is very tough. The players want to improve and they will be looking to try and compete and, until they are out of a potential title race, they will believe they can be right up there amongst it.”
There’s a lot of sense in what King says about a failure to lift a trophy not actually being a failure as long as improvements are being made, and it’s only going to reopen the debates on what kind of success the 2018/19 campaign should be considered when you balance the Champions League Final with our Premier League form at the end of the year.
It won’t stop the clamour for a trophy this season, and nor should it. But for some, progress would be the FA or EFL Cup, for others, it would simply be closing that points gap at the top of the league. Reaction on social media was mixed, but most understandably here decided King was on the wrong side of the fence, even if plenty understood the point he was trying to make.
Tottenham Hotspur legend Ledley King insists the club do not need to win a trophy this season for the campaign to be a success.
— Ricky Sacks ???? (@RickSpur) August 14, 2019