Tottenham Hotspur cult hero Alan Hutton has expressed his amazement at how Spurs have not lifted a major trophy since 2008, in conversation with talkSPORT.
Hutton was part of the Spurs team that won the League Cup 12 years ago under Juande Ramos, beating London rivals Chelsea at Wembley.
Since then, Tottenham have come a long way in terms of growth, both in terms of personnel and infrastructure, with a state-of-the-art stadium having recently been built.
There have also been title tilts and Champions League runs, including a remarkable charge to the final last year.
However, a trophy continues to elude Spurs, and Hutton deems it “unbelievable” how the N17 side continues to wait for major silverware.
“It’s unbelievable [that they haven’t lifted a trophy since 2008],” Hutton told TalkSPORT (19/2/20, 12:55pm).
“With some of the players they have had over the years, the squads and the manager, the new stadium, the training ground, it was all in place for them to push on and start winning things. But it hasn’t quite worked out, as of yet. Hopefully, Mourinho can bring that to them.”
For a team to say they are successful, silverware is certainly the definitive goal – but to get to the stage where trophies are won and retained, there is a lot of building that has to take place.
Liverpool have been utterly dominant recently and are pretty much Premier League champions-elect, not to mention reigning European and world champions – but up until the Champions League victory, Jurgen Klopp was in the midst of a trophy drought.
Admittedly, Tottenham haven’t quite kicked on from last summer the way Liverpool did when they lost the 2018 Champions League final, as there have been errors made – letting the likes of Fernando Llorente go and not bringing in a replacement, for example.
However, not many would argue that the setup at Spurs, on and off the pitch, is worse now than it was back in 2008 – and with the right decisions made, Spurs can surely build a team which could end the club’s trophy draught sooner rather than later.