Harry Kane’s rise last season was breath-taking. From a squad man to Spurs’ key striker, stand-in captain and status as a 30+-goal striker, the 21-year-old defied all of the odds, and even netted for England just about a minute after coming on against Lithuania!
Naturally, the bigger sides have come sniffing around, with Manchester United thought to be considering a £40m offer for the Three Lions ace – who is currently away at the European Championships with the U21 side. Although the view among Lilywhites fans is that Kane should not be sold at any price, maybe the fee Louis van Gaal’s side are willing to put down should be, at the very least, considered… and here are FIVE reasons why…
Will Kane replicate his form next season? It’s hard to tell. The likes of Michu, Francis Jeffers, Jon Stead, Benjani and, for Spurs fans, Mido have shone brightly for brief periods before sliding away from the limelight and into relative oblivion in the past.
There’s nothing to suggest that Kane will definitely do the same, but with £40m on the table now is it worth taking the risk? After all, his value could fall significantly if he does indeed fizzle out… Much like Andy Carroll!
However, Kane thinks that he’s got plenty more left to offer: “It doesn’t stop here. I want to keep progressing and keep working hard – and keep getting better.”
A fee of up to a mooted £50m could well transform Spurs’ XI. Okay, the post-Gareth Bale splurge didn’t exactly garner the desired results, but you’d think that lessons will have been learnt from the whole episode, and that such a vast pot of cash won’t be so frivolously wasted once again.
As it stands, Tottenham could do with a top-class central midfielder, a commanding centre-back and, if Kane leaves, a prolific centre-forward… all of which would not be cheap.
*Puts tin hat on* is Kane actually that good? Like really top quality? Yes his work rate and positioning stand out, however, is he, technically speaking, up there with the likes of Diego Costa, Sergio Aguero and, when fit, Daniel Sturridge? Erm…
His goal record last term cannot be argued with, but taking a look back many of his finishes had an element of luck about them (goalkeepers were very close to keeping them out), while his ‘new kid on the block’ status may have given him a slightly easier ride with some defenders.
Should Kane go, there are a few names out there who could be drafted in… here’s a list:
As it stands this is just speculation, but all of the above quintet could offer goals.
Sold in July 2008 to Liverpool for a fee of just over £19m and bought back just over six months later for an initial £12m, Spurs well and truly pulled Liverpool’s pants down with Robbie Keane. The Irishman’s moves brought a profit in, and there’s every chance the same could be done with Kane. It may be a long shot, but who knows…