By Danny Wright
Rio Ferdinand believes that Tottenham need to find themselves a leader if they want to win major silverware.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were knocked out of the FA Cup on Saturday after a 4-2 defeat to Premier League leaders Chelsea and, despite the obvious quality of their current squad, Ferdinand still thinks they are lacking someone with glory-ridden track record.
The Manchester United legend won six Premier League titles in his playing career but the FA Cup was always a competition which eluded him.
Ferdinand showed great leadership qualities throughout his career and wore the captain’s armband for Man United, Leeds and the England national team.
“You need leaders on that pitch who have been over that line and said ‘you know what, I know how to get through the finish line’,” said the 38-year-old in a video on BT Sport Football’s official Twitter account.
“I don’t see one of them at the moment. They need to get over that finish line; someway, somehow, to get their hands on a trophy.
“It seems at the moment they’re getting to the edge and not getting over there.”
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 23, 2017
Tottenham’s trophy drought has lasted nine years and it is likely they will have to win a bit longer after Saturday’s set-back.
The last competition they won was the 2007/08 League Cup but it is major silverware, like the Premier league title or the FA Cup, that the North London club’s fans want.
They haven’t won the FA Cup since a 2-1 win against Nottingham Forest in 1991 – over two-and-a-half decades ago.
Spurs still have a chance at winning the Premier League title as they are four points behind Chelsea, who have lost two of their last four league games.
However Antonio Conte’s side face a run-in which isn’t anywhere near as tough as Tottenham’s, who still have Arsenal and Man United to play.