Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino shown during his side's 3-0 Premier League win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images / January 31, 2015
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino shown during his side's 3-0 Premier League win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images / January 31, 2015

Pochettino still seeks more from Harry Kane and Tottenham: ‘We need to play every game like today’



Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful Harry Kane will remain at Tottenham Hotspur for "a long time" after the forward reached 20 goals for the season with a double in the 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Kane's double and another sublime Christian Eriksen free-kick helped Spurs dominate at The Hawthorns on Saturday as they moved within two points of fourth-placed Southampton, who play Swansea City on Sunday., in the Premier League.

Inflicting a first defeat on recently appointed West Brom manager Tony Pulis capped a perfect week for Spurs after they had sealed a League Cup final date with Chelsea on Wednesday.

Kane, 21, has been widely tipped to sign a new and improved contract in the coming days and, while Tottenham manager Pochettino remained tight-lipped on that development, he made it clear he believes Kane’s long-term future lies at White Hart Lane.

“This is the club’s and the player’s decision,” he said. “This is our business but Harry wants to stay at Tottenham and Tottenham want Harry to stay a long time with us.

“It is good for him and he is good for the team, his was a great performance, and whenever a striker scores goals it is good for the team.

“My focus is always that a player can improve – he is young and all players need to show that they want to improve.

“You can never stop your improvement but it was not only him – all the players showed character and this was the challenge to them when we arrived, to start to show character in this way. It is what we have wanted from the beginning.”

Spurs have now won six of their last eight Premier League matches, firmly moving them into Champions League contention, but Pochettino remains cautious about talking up his team.

“We don’t speak about that, we need to be focused on the next game and go step by step. This is our objective in the long term, we need to play every game like we played today,” Pochettino said.

“If we do that maybe we have the possibility to get there but we need to be consistent from here to the end of the season.”

Eriksen’s sixth-minute free-kick put Tottenham in the ascendancy before Kane swiftly doubled the advantage with a stinging shot beyond Ben Foster.

West Brom rallied and, but for the brilliance of Hugo Lloris, they could easily have been level by the interval, with the Frenchman thwarting James Morrison and Claudio Yacob with fine saves before Craig Dawson headed against the post.

However, the match was settled in the 64th minute when Joleon Lescott was penalised for handling a Kyle Walker cross with Kane sending Foster the wrong way from the resulting penalty.

Pulis, meanwhile, will now hope he can strengthen his squad before the transfer window shuts on Monday after a lacklustre display from his team which left them just three points above the relegation zone.

He said he would be happy “as long as we’ve brought in a few players”.

“The first 20 minutes were very poor,” he added. “We started sloppy and we gave away the ball too many times. There was no tempo to our game and we handed them a two goal lead.

“We needed a goal but to be fair our goalkeeper was absolutely fantastic and the penalty killed us off.”

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The Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index

The Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index

Mazen Abukhater, principal and actuary at global consultancy Mercer, Middle East, says the company’s Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index - which benchmarks 34 pension schemes across the globe to assess their adequacy, sustainability and integrity - included Saudi Arabia for the first time this year to offer a glimpse into the region.

The index highlighted fundamental issues for all 34 countries, such as a rapid ageing population and a low growth / low interest environment putting pressure on expected returns. It also highlighted the increasing popularity around the world of defined contribution schemes.

“Average life expectancy has been increasing by about three years every 10 years. Someone born in 1947 is expected to live until 85 whereas someone born in 2007 is expected to live to 103,” Mr Abukhater told the Mena Pensions Conference.

“Are our systems equipped to handle these kind of life expectancies in the future? If so many people retire at 60, they are going to be in retirement for 43 years – so we need to adapt our retirement age to our changing life expectancy.”

Saudi Arabia came in the middle of Mercer’s ranking with a score of 58.9. The report said the country's index could be raised by improving the minimum level of support for the poorest aged individuals and increasing the labour force participation rate at older ages as life expectancies rise.

Mr Abukhater said the challenges of an ageing population, increased life expectancy and some individuals relying solely on their government for financial support in their retirement years will put the system under strain.

“To relieve that pressure, governments need to consider whether it is time to switch to a defined contribution scheme so that individuals can supplement their own future with the help of government support,” he said.

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