On Friday, The Athletic broke the news that Tottenham striker Harry Kane could be considering his future. It is believed the England captain’s major point of contention is the lack of progression at Spurs.
Kane signed his latest deal in June 2018, the year after Spurs would reach the Champions League final. However, in the years since, manager Pochettino was dismissed and Mourinho arrived. But, with Spurs sitting in seventh at the time of writing, and well off the pace of the world’s elite the ‘Special One’ seems quite ordinary right now.
Alongside this, the starting eleven from that losing Champions League final has largely remained the same. Seven of the eleven starters remain at the club, of those four that left, their replacements have been lacklustre. Eriksen departed due to similar issues regarding a lack of ambition in the Spurs camp.
Rose was suitably moved out for Reguilón but, that was a year too late. Trippier’s replacement was arguably a downgrade as Matt Doherty has struggled in London. Jan Vertonghen is still yet to be replaced, as Spurs looked for in house ‘quick fixes’.
That said, Harry Kane and Spurs will find themselves in an EFL Cup final this season but, this is still well short of the greatest honours in the sport. So, we at WDSportz are going to take a look at where Harry Kane could end up next.
Harry Kane should break Alan Shearer’s Premier League goalscoring record. It won’t be easy for the Englishman but, if anyone can it’ll be Kane. Having said that, there is no better place for Kane to attempt this feat than Manchester City.
City are the perfect mix for Kane. At City, individual honours will be only the tip of the iceberg for Kane. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are averaging two major honours a season in the three full years Pep has spent at the club. This season they are on track to add another Premier League as well as the potential of an incredible quadruple.
For a player of Kane’s quality, it’s time to put titles first. The Englishman is twenty-seven, soon to be twenty-eight and he has won exactly zero major honours. The best players deserve to be remembered for more than just goals or assists, and make no mistake about it Kane is one of the very best.
With Sergio Aguero leaving this summer, this one seems to write itself. The only hiccup could well be Kane’s age, especially with younger talents such as Erling Haaland likely on the move in the not-so-distant future.
Or could we see Harry Kane on the other side of Manchester? Manchester United have started to really gain momentum under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Since the start of November, they have just lost two games in the Premier League.
The problem for United in this period however, has become scoring goals. In that same period United have had a worryingly high number of draws. The Red Devils have lacked that killer up top, that striker who takes the game and pushes his team on for a win. Harry Kane could well be that man.
This is backed up in United’s stats as well. The three players who have played striker for United in the league this season (Greenwood, Cavani, Martial) have twelve goals combined. Harry Kane alone has nineteen.
United would make an interesting prospect for Kane however, eight years after Sir Alex Ferguson departed Old Trafford, it’s still a work in progress. At this stage of his career, Kane should probably aim for more of a sure thing when it comes to trophies.
PSG have to be amongst the potential suitors for Harry Kane. The French side is currently managed by Kane’s former manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Alongside this, the squad are stacked with some of the world’s best players. Neymar, Mbappe and Verratti are amongst the best in the world in their positions. The chance to play with some of the very best in the game is always an appealing option. The prospect of Kane/Neymar/Mbappe attack would spell out trouble for any team in the world past or present!
PSG also seemingly guarantee trophies. Most seasons in the French league are fairly formulaic with the Parisians lifting all the gold they set their eyes on.
However, the one trophy that has escaped the side for their entire existence is the Champions League. Both Kane and PSG have got as far as the final only to fall at the last hurdle, if they were brought together maybe this would come to an end.
Two Spanish giants, two similar situations. Both Barcelona and Real have that ‘huge club’ feeling that not many, if any can replicate.
Both sides also find themselves approaching the transition of their top-scorers as Benzema and Messi are approaching the end of their careers/time in the country.
Barcelona have stumbled at times this season without a proper striker since they let Luis Suarez depart last summer, and it is believed Messi will depart at the end of the season.
Goals will be needed if they can hope to even get close to rectifying the huge loss a potential Messi exit presents. The Argentine has produced thirty-one goal contributions in the league alone this season. However, the issue in Catalonia is two-fold. Firstly, their financial situation is worryingly derelict, with billions of euros of debt. Alongside this, Kane is not a like-for-like replacement for Messi.
In Madrid, the financial issues are less of a concern. But, there are other issues present. The Madrid faithful will be all too familiar with the prospect of a big-money flop from the Premier League. Eden Hazard, for example, has failed to make an impact in La Liga in his injury-laden spell.
Barcelona have reached just one Champions League final in the last decade and are already eliminated from the competition this season. With that, they seem the more likely of the two clubs however, due to the financial aspect you can’t rule out Real.
He Stays At Spurs:
The reality is, for all Harry Kane may want to leave Spurs, he does have a contract until 2024.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is also a notoriously tough negotiator. You could count on one hand the number of times Levy has come out on the worse end of a transfer saga. Alongside this, Spurs would naturally have zero interest in losing their prize asset if they could help it.
It would take a gargantuan fee to separate Kane from Spurs clutches, a fee that may not be possible right now due to the revenue hit most clubs have taken during the pandemic.
For those that could afford Kane, the younger stars are naturally more appealing, even if Kane is firmly in his peak years right now.
However, if Kane is to remain at Spurs whilst it could potentially be a waste, he could still break Shearer’s record. He’s currently ninety-eight goals behind Shearer and if he stays in the Prem and injury free it could absolutely happen.
But, would that be enough for Kane? When talking about the best players the Premier League has ever seen Shearer himself is often forgotten. This largely stems from his sole major honour in his career. If Kane is to follow a similar path and stay at Spurs, could he face the same fate?
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