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Harry Kane admits the time has come for Tottenham to start delivering on their promise.
Despite finishing third and second in the Premier League season over the last three seasons, Spurs have had little to show for their improvement under Mauricio Pochettino with the London club suffering consecutive defeats in the FA Cup semi-final.
The average age of the squad for Saturday's 3-1 win over Fulham was 26 while there were 14 internationals used and Kane believes they can no longer use inexperience as an excuse for a lack of silverware.
“We’re a team that has made huge strides in a short amount of time and the only way to continue that is to start winning things. We’re not young anymore," Kane explained.
“We’re getting to an age where we’re that bit more experienced and we want to win. We want to win at everything we do. We’ve just got to try to do that. It’s a long old season and starting with two wins out of two is important.
“I think we are reaching our prime. It’s the fifth season the manager has been here and a lot of us have been here throughout that spell. When you have a team that has known each other for that long, you know how each other plays and, off the pitch, you know how to keep everyone up for it and everyone honest. That’s what we’ve got.”
Tottenham failed to sign a single player during the summer transfer window, while the move to their new stadium has been delayed until the end of October at the earliest due to safety concerns.
Despite the issues off the pitch, Pochettino's men have recorded back-to-back wins in the Premier League and Kane feels too much has been made of the lack of signings.
“Everyone just needs to be calm. The stadium is a huge project. With the transfer window, he [Pochettino] didn’t need to buy anyone because he believes in the whole squad, and that’s important.
“We’re not going to buy players for the sake of it. We’re only going to buy players to strengthen. Obviously in this market, they didn’t think that was an option," he said.
"We've got a great squad. We've kept a lot of our top players, which is important. We've been playing now for a few years together and that's the understanding you need.
"Whether it's the starting XI, the players coming off the bench or the players who don't even make the squad, you need to push each other in training day in and day out to get the best out of each other, and competition for places is massive."
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