Jermain Defoe believes once Tottenham Hotspur end their silverware drought, they may need to plan an extension to their trophy cabinet.
Much is made of the fact Arsenal have not added to their honours list since winning the FA Cup back in 2005, yet across North London at White Hart Lane, it has hardly been a constant stream of silverware. Indeed, when they won the League Cup in 2008, it was their first success since they won the same competition in 1999, and they have failed to build on this glory.
Hopes have been renewed in recent seasons under Harry Redknapp and now Andre Villas-Boas, who has assembled one of their best squads in recent memory. And Defoe is of the opinion that once Spurs end their five-year wait for glory and get their hands on another trophy, it will be the first of many for a club which can already boast two league titles, eight FA Cups, four League Cups and success in Europe in both the Uefa Cup and the now defunct Cup-Winners Cup.
“At the end of your career you want to sit back and say I won this or I won that because that’s what it’s all about. You want to win things and you want to be the best,” the striker told ITV4’s Sports Life Stories. “Spurs is a great club with a great history. That is why this year is a big year. I believe we can win something and I believe that once the first one comes, more come after that.”
Defoe, who is now in his second spell at the club, was on Portsmouth’s books when they won the FA Cup in 2008. But as he had already played in the competition for Tottenham, he was cup-tied and therefore unable to collect a winning medal. So as things stand, the 31-year-old, who has 54 England caps, could end his playing days with the reputation as one of the most prolific goalscorers of his generation, yet without a trophy to show for his efforts.