It’s tricky to judge some footballers peak and the best league to suit them, as they near the once dreaded 30 years of age mark. The longevity of players can only be determined when performances begin to wane.
Where Harry Kane has cemented himself as a Tottenham Hotspur legend, he may now look upon these final peak years as crucial to personal gain, even after such a strong personal season. With no winners medals to match his undoubted ability, this summer represents the biggest crossroads in his career. To decide whether to stay and fight for his club, would be a tremendous statement. But to leave and chase greater success, would be the logical step.
Where Alan Shearer & Steven Gerrard both chose boyhood loyalty at similar times in their careers, it can be argued that their own winners medals (a combination of domestic and European success), is something that Harry Kane does not share, yet. Steven Gerrard (admittedly), turned down various moves in an attempt to regain the English League crown for his beloved Liverpool. A Champions League, UEFA Cup, 2 FA Cups and 3 League Cup wins perhaps swayed his final decision, in choosing to stay.
Alan Shearer (so crucial to Blackburn Rovers winning the Premier League), chose his boyhood club Newcastle above Manchester United when finally leaving Rovers. Jack Walkers triumphant Blackburn fizzled out after the title win, and a move for England’s world class striker was inevitable. Whether or not he would have shunned Sir Alex Ferguson if he had not previously won the league, will never be known.
Harry Kane (about to enter the European Championships as England’s captain), will now have to decide which path to take upon his return. With Sergio Aguero having left the champions of England, it may be a logical step for Pep to refuel his attack after their Champions League final loss to Chelsea. With various players that could be used as makeweight in any potential deal, it’s could suit all parties to fill their needs with a move north. Chelsea (despite their final win), have had issues within their forward line all season, and a move for Kane would not be out of the question. Similarly, they could offer a cash plus players deal to tempt Spurs into a sale.
Manchester United (perhaps too reliant on the aging Edison Cavani), has been a move that often reaches the gossip pages each summer. The continued search for Premier League success after Fergie’s reign could see such a move materialize. With Ole at the wheel, they are still searching for a formula that can truly challenge their great rivals, City & Liverpool.
Then there is PSG, a team now under the stewardship of Kane’s former coach, Mauricio Pochettino. Kane and Poch formed a strong unity as manager and player, in a spell that brought great hope. Despite failing to deliver at the final hurdle of his tenure, his current post would in the very least give Kane a strong chance of domestic success. The Paris team already has a raft of talented players, and to add Kane would only add to their chances of European success. The less robust domestic campaign would certainly suit Kane, and the demands on his body could see a perhaps less fragile version of the striker, in his prime years.
With a fee north of 100 million pounds muted, it will surely take an exceptional package in order to tempt Daniel Levy into a sale. Kane’s reported desire to leave may make a deal necessary, in order for the new manger to rebuild. With Antonio Conte (a proven serial winner), now out of the running to take over, it could be the final push to see Harry Kane force a move. With clubs clambering to broker deals in a Covid-19 effected window, I suspect player trading plus cash could be in involved in any potential deal. Tottenham have a multi talented squad, but with a defense in need of recruitment and Gareth Bale headed back to Carlo’s Madrid, there will be avenues that Spurs could exploit in order to improve other areas. They hold the cards, and with Levy a proven high level negotiator, it may serve them to explore a structured deal to suit.
This summer most certainly sits as a critical point for both Kane & Spurs. A new stadium, a new manager and talisman looking towards the door, will leave many supporters worrying, what happens next. For Harry Kane, it hopefully won’t hinder his international tournament, but the next step must be a recurring thought for the 28 year old, as he navigates the forth coming championships.
Whatever path he decides, and after such a glorious spell in the Tottenham shirt, the final phase of his decorated career promises to be an intriguing one. Harry Kane will almost certainly prosper given his world class ability, the question merely remains, where that will be.