Tottenham Hotspur will lose Harry Kane this summer after a disappointing, trophy-less campaign. The England forward needs to be playing at a club that can win competitions, something Spurs have now failed to do for over a decade. Add to this the lack of new direction since Jose Mourinho was appointed manager, and it all contributes to his departure from North London.
Kane made his Premier League debut for Spurs in 2012 and has since scored an incredible 136 goals from 201 appearances, thus making him one of the most lethal marksmen in the game and a striker who is wanted throughout Europe. He was named England captain in June 2017 and led his country to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018, winning the prestigious Golden Boot in the process for his six goals at the tournament.
Whilst Kane’s personal career has gone from strength-to-strength, despite some notable long-term injuries recently, his Spurs side are struggling. The club have not won a major trophy since winning the League Cup in 2008, and although they reached the 2019 Champions League final, losing 2-0 to Liverpool, that was just another close call in a succession of them.
Without any success looking likely any time soon, Kane must have surely reached his limit. He joined the club as an 11-year-old, so there is a loyalty factor there, but he is also fiercely ambitious and must move on, so he does not waste his career and undeniable talent.
One club who have made no secret of their desire to sign him are Manchester United, who are also considering bringing in Mauricio Pochettino to the club, Kane’s former manager at Spurs. There is also plenty of interest from Span with Real Madrid said to be monitoring his fortunes.
As the Premier League currently stands, Spurs are down in seventh place and five points behind Chelsea who sit fourth in the final UCL qualifying spot. However, given Manchester City’s possible UEFA ban, fifth place would be good enough to clinch a spot in the tournament next year – but they face fierce competition from Manchester United, Sheffield United and Wolves, who all remain in with a chance.
Failure to even reach the Champions League next season for last season’s beaten finalists could well be the final straw for Kane. According to some media reports, Spurs will have just £50m to spend in the summer transfer window if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, which is looking like a distinct possibility. They could, therefore, choose to cash in on their main asset and start a much needed rebuild.
Kane won’t be short of admirers either and as long as he can return fit for England’s Euro 2020 campaign, he will spend much of the summer in the shop window – hopefully guiding the Three Lions to success in the process.
Kane needs to move on to bigger and better things – and as soon as possible so his career continues to flourish.