Dimitar Berbatov has revealed Tottenham’s inability to win a trophy since he left the club frustrates him.
Spurs haven’t won any silverware since the League Cup success of 2008. Berbatov was on the scoresheet in the final as Juande Ramos’ side overcame Chelsea at Wembley thanks to Johnathan Woodgate’s winner.
There has been a marked improvement at the club since Mauricio Pochettino took over as manager in the summer of 2014, but the Argentinian has been unable to guide Tottenham to a trophy so far.
And Berbatov, who left Spurs for Manchester United just a few months after lifting the League Cup, believes his former club must start winning silverware or star players will want to leave, including Harry Winks.
“It might be harsh but it’s the truth, he (Winks) might need to leave Tottenham if he wants to win a trophy,” Berbatov told Betfair (via the London Evening Standard).
“Every player wants to win something so when they look back over their career they can say ‘I won this and I was a champion’ but I hope Tottenham players don’t have to leave to win something.
“I want to see Tottenham win silverware, any silverware so when a player is asked if they want to leave they can say that they’re in the right place and they’re winners. However, they need to win something soon if they want their team to stop thinking the question if they need to leave to have success.
“Like me, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale we all did it… so it’s a normal question to ask. But I don’t want them asking that question, I just want them to win something. The last time Tottenham won something was 11 years ago, f****** hell, I was there.
“And they have everything they need to win. A great coach, a new stadium coming up, great players. That’s why I get p***** off and scream at the TV.”
Tottenham came close to winning the Premier League in 2015/16 and 2016/17 but fell short, losing out to Leicester City and Chelsea respectively.
They have found it more difficult to mount a domestic challenge over the last two years because Manchester City’s dominance, but they remain in the League Cup this term and will be looking to challenge for the FA Cup.