By Russell Edge
Former Arsenal star Martin Keown has said that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is risking his top stars departing the club if he fails to pick up any silverware soon.
The Lilywhites have made impressive progress under the Argentinian manager since his arrival back in 2014, and he has helped his team compete in two successive Premier League title fights.
They were beaten to first place by both Leicester and Chelsea, while they also saw themselves bean by the Blues in the League Cup final, which was the last trophy Spurs picked up back in 2008.
However after three years at the helm, Keown says that the Lilywhites have got to start picking up titles if they want to keep a hold of the likes of critical stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli, with potential suitors said to be circling.
Comparing Spurs to the Arsenal side of 1998, which saw Nicolas Anelka, Emmanuel Petit and Marc Overmars depart, he told the Daily Mail: “Harry Kane and Dele Alli are as valuable to Tottenham now but if Mauricio Pochettino does not start winning trophies, he risks a similar break-up of his side.
“Pochettino is building an extremely talented, exciting young side with an English core that every Premier League manager would crave.
“While Tottenham’s rivals are admiring their squad, nobody is looking over in envy at their trophy cabinet.”
Spurs will go a decade without picking up any silverware in the new year, having seen their League Cup chances end with a shock 3-2 defeat to West Ham, a game in which Pochettino’s men were leading 2-0.
They will be hoping to close the eight point gap to Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday, when they take on north London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
In other Tottenham news, Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac has said that there is one factor which will decide the clash.