As one door began to shut at Tottenham Hotspur, one other opened. On the morning of April 7, 2014, as Spurs ready for the go to of the Premier League‘s backside aspect Sunderland, studies emerged that supervisor Tim Sherwood was going to be relieved of his duties on the finish of the season. Although Spurs launched an announcement attempting to quash hypothesis and the crew eased to a 5-1 win, six weeks later Sherwood was changed by Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino.
However whereas this match was the start of the top for Sherwood, it was additionally the beginning of Harry Kane‘s outstanding profession within the Premier League. Having made his debut in August 2011 in opposition to Hearts within the Europa League qualifiers, the Sunderland sport was his first Premier League begin for the membership after mortgage spells with Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester Metropolis.
He rewarded Sherwood’s belief with a 59th-minute objective — a near-post dart and end, which made it 2-1 — and Spurs ran out straightforward winners as Emmanuel Adebayor grabbed a brace, with Christian Eriksen and Gylfi Sigurdsson additionally on the scoresheet.
“Buzzing … buzzing to get the primary begin and to get a objective at White Hart Lane, and to win 5-1 was an excellent evening,” Kane, who completed the sport with a bandage on his head after a conflict with Wes Brown, mentioned afterwards. “As quickly as I scored it, the feelings got here out, I have been ready patiently and to get that objective was a proud second. It is one of the best feeling of my profession for sure, hopefully I can push on and get a number of extra.”
Seven years later Kane, 27, sits second in Tottenham’s all-time prime scorer standings — with 217 objectives, behind Jimmy Greaves’ tally of 266 — and is a bona fide membership legend. We glance again at his Premier League debut for Spurs and chart the fortunes of his teammates from that sport.
GK, Hugo Lloris: The France No. 1 is in his ninth season at Tottenham and is membership captain, having joined from Lyon in 2012 for £11m. He’s but to win any silverware at Spurs — although he did captain France to the 2018 World Cup — and, together with his contract up in 2022, has been linked with a transfer to PSG or Man United this summer season.
DEF, Kyle Naughton: The precise-back joined Spurs from Sheffield United in 2009 alongside Kyle Walker for a mixed payment of £9m. Naughton went on to make 75 appearances for Spurs from 2009 to 2015, but additionally frolicked on mortgage at Middlesbrough, Leicester and Norwich. He signed for Swansea in 2015 for £5m and remains to be on the Championship aspect.
DEF, Danny Rose: He’s nonetheless on Spurs’ books however is but to make a Premier League look this season, having discovered himself out of the image below supervisor Jose Mourinho and behind Sergio Reguilon and Ben Davies within the left-back pecking order. Rose will little question transfer on on the finish of the season — and was linked with a transfer to Trabzonspor within the final switch window — however has been a high quality participant for Spurs, making 214 appearances since his debut within the 2009-10 marketing campaign. He additionally frolicked away on mortgage at Watford, Peterborough, Bristol Metropolis, Sunderland and Newcastle.
DEF, Vlad Chiriches: The Romania worldwide centre-back joined Spurs in 2013 from Steaua Bucharest for round £8.5m. He got here with loads of promise and a then-record switch payment for a Romanian participant (damaged by Nicolae Stanciu’s transfer to Anderlecht in 2016 after which by the £11.7m Parma paid for Dennis Man in January 2021), however after simply 43 appearances, moved to Napoli in 2015. He spent the 2019-20 season on mortgage at Sassuolo and moved there completely in September 2020 for £8.1m.
DEF, Younes Kaboul: Now working a care dwelling in Belgium for these with psychological disabilities, the France centre-back joined Spurs in 2007 from Auxerre for £10.8m, earlier than transferring to Portsmouth a 12 months later for £5.3m. He then re-joined Spurs in 2010 and made a complete of 140 appearances, earlier than spells at Sunderland and Watford. He retired after leaving Watford in December 2018.
MID, Paulinho: Tottenham spent simply over £17m to signal the Brazilian midfielder from Corinthians in 2013. He spent two seasons there earlier than heading to China with Guangzhou Evergrande for a cut price £9.9m. A shock arrival at Barcelona adopted in 2018-19 once they spent near £36m to signal him, solely to then ship him again to the Chinese language Tremendous League crew 16 months later for the same payment. On the worldwide stage, he performed within the 2014 and 2018 World Cups however, now 32, he hasn’t made an look since 2018.
MID, Aaron Lennon: The England winger is at Kayserispor in Turkey, having joined on a free switch in September. He made 365 appearances for Tottenham from 2005 to 2015, scoring 30 objectives, and joined Everton on mortgage earlier than securing a everlasting deal in September 2015. In 2017, he was detained below the Psychological Well being Act by police and admitted to battles with melancholy, however his profession acquired again on monitor with a two-year transfer to Burnley in January 2018 earlier than his switch to Turkey.
MID, Nacer Chadli: The Belgium midfielder can also be in Turkey, at Basaksehir, having joined them in September 2020 from Monaco. Chadli spent three seasons at Spurs from 2013 to 2016, having joined from FC Twente for £7.3m. He then had spells at West Brom, Anderlecht and Monaco main as much as his transfer to Turkey.
MID, Christian Eriksen: An exquisite participant for Tottenham, contributing 69 objectives and 89 assists in his 305 appearances throughout his six-and-a-half years on the membership, Eriksen left in January 2020 for a £24m transfer to Inter Milan and, after an underwhelming begin, has now discovered his toes in Serie A. Spurs initially spent £12m to signal the Denmark midfielder from Ajax and, aged 29, he is nonetheless acquired loads of years left as he chases his first main trophy exterior the Netherlands.
ST, Harry Kane: Again on that April evening in 2014, Kane wore the No. 37 shirt. He is since made the No. 10 his personal and is definitely one among Tottenham’s best gamers. His goal-scoring report is unbelievable, however this season he is dropped somewhat deeper and has turned supplier, too. Whereas he is nonetheless ready for his first piece of silverware at Tottenham, he received the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot and the 2015 PFA Younger Participant of the 12 months award.
ST, Emmanuel Adebayor: The previous Arsenal striker scored 42 objectives for London rivals Spurs from 2011 to 2015, however he discovered himself out of favour below Pochettino within the 2014-15 marketing campaign and was launched that September. Arguably one of many best strikers ever within the Premier League, he first joined the membership on mortgage from Man Metropolis earlier than signing completely in 2012. The top of his three-year spell noticed him transfer to Crystal Palace, earlier than heading to Turkey with Istanbul Basakşehir and Kayserispor. The Togo star had made a short-term transfer to Paraguay aspect Olimpia in 2020 however was despatched off for kicking an opponent within the face on his Copa Libertadores debut and terminated his contract after lower than 5 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, 37, he’s at the moment and not using a membership.
GK, Brad Friedel: The United States legend hung up his gloves in 2015, after a profession that noticed spells with Newcastle, Brondby, Galatasaray, Columbus Crew, Liverpool, Blackburn, Aston Villa and Spurs. He is at the moment working as an agent, having frolicked in control of the U.S. under-19s and New England Revolution.
DEF, Milos Veljkovic: He joined Spurs in 2011 from the Basel academy and got here on to make his first-team debut within the match in opposition to Sunderland. Having frolicked on mortgage at Middlesbrough and Charlton, the Switzerland centre-back joined Werder Bremen in 2016 for a discount £300k and is contracted there by to 2022.
DEF, Zeki Fryers: Having began his profession at Man United (the place he made a complete of six look), the left-back opted to maneuver to Belgian aspect Customary Liege. Issues did not go a lot better and he returned after a 12 months (and 7 video games) to affix Spurs in 2012 for £3.1m. Nevertheless, he made simply 16 appearances earlier than transferring to Crystal Palace in September 2014 for £3.4m. Spells at Rotherham, Ipswich and Barnsley adopted earlier than his change to League One aspect Swindon in 2019 on a free switch. At 28, he is made lower than 150 appearances in complete.
MID, Gylfi Sigurdsson: The Iceland attacking midfielder is now a key member of Everton’s midfield below Carlo Ancelotti. Having joined Spurs from Hoffenheim for £8m in 2012, he made 83 appearances from 2012 to 2014 earlier than transferring to again to Swansea once more after which to Everton for a reported £40m in 2017. With over 100 membership profession objectives, the 31-year-old remains to be a category act.
MID, Sandro: The Brazilian defensive midfielder is at the moment and not using a membership however, at 32, nonetheless has a number of years left on the prime of the sport. He left Brazilian aspect Goias EC in January and is ready on his subsequent alternative. Since becoming a member of Spurs in 2011 for £9m, he has frolicked with QPR, Antalyaspor, Benevento, Genoa, Udinese and Goias. Sandro made 106 appearances for Spurs, however his profession took a downturn after a critical knee harm picked up in opposition to QPR in 2013.
MID, Nabil Bentaleb: The Algeria midfielder got here by the Spurs academy and made 66 appearances till his transfer to Schalke in 2017 for £17m. He spent six months on mortgage at Newcastle in 2020, however now remains to be at Schalke. He has frolicked this time period within the U23s after being dropped for disciplinary causes however, after a dismal marketing campaign that may possible finish in relegation, he’ll go away when his contract expires on the finish of the season.
FW, Andros Townsend: The winger is now at Crystal Palace. He got here by the Spurs academy and made 93 first-team appearances, whereas additionally spending time at 9 totally different golf equipment on mortgage, earlier than leaving to affix Newcastle for round £12m in January 2016. It was solely a six-month spell, nevertheless, as Palace paid £13m to land the England worldwide that very same summer season. He received the Objective of the Season award in 2018-19 for his beautiful volley effort in opposition to Manchester Metropolis and could be discovered working as a pundit within the UK.
Supervisor: Tim Sherwood: Sherwood left Spurs on Might 13, 2014, simply 37 days after this 5-1 win. He was changed by Pochettino, who guided them to the 2019 Champions League remaining. After Spurs, Sherwood took cost of Aston Villa in February 2015 however was sacked simply eight months later after a 10-game run and not using a win within the prime flight. He then took up a submit with Swindon City in November 2018 as sporting director however left in June 2019. He is now working as a TV analyst.