By Richard Parks
Wayne Rooney has urged Tottenham to invest in the transfer market if they are to go to the next level and win the Premier League.
Spurs operate with the by far the smallest transfer and wage budget of the top six regulars but have punched above their weight under Mauricio Pochettino to follow their third place finish in 2015-16 with the runners-up spot last season.
In an even more competitive league this season, Tottenham are currently placed fifth and just a single point behind fourth-positioned Chelsea, who were thrashed 4-1 by Watford last night (Monday).
Rooney suggested talisman and chief goalscorer Harry Kane will want to leave within the next two years if they fail to win trophies and pointed out that the club’s best chance of keeping him is to strengthen the playing squad.
“At the moment, he is probably the best striker in Europe,” said Rooney Sky Sport’s Monday Night Football programme, as quoted by the Sky Sports website.
“He can go where he wants to, he’s that good, he is like a young Alan Shearer.
“The problem that Tottenham are going to have is that his motivation is goals, but his motivation is going to change from goals to trophies.
“And if Tottenham don’t win trophies in the next year, maybe two, he is going to want to move elsewhere to win trophies.
“That is a decision he is going to have to make in the next year or two, but Tottenham have also got to make a decision, bring more players in and have a real push to win the Premier League.”
Kane has scored 31 goals in 32 appearances across all competitions for Spurs this season, and currently leads the race for the Premier League’s golden boot ahead of Mohamed Salah, with 22 league strikes in 25 matches.
The England international recently broke the Premier League record for goals in a calendar year, scoring 39 in 2017 to surpass Alan Shearer’s record that had stood for 22 years.
In other Tottenham news, Joe Lewis’ transfer plan at White Hart Lane this summer is revealed.
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