Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane faces a choice between becoming a legend at the club or trying to move on to win trophies, former Premier League ace Rob Lee has told Football FanCast in an exclusive interview.
Lee spent a decade at Newcastle United, playing alongside Alan Shearer, who became an icon in the north east.
Shearer now has a statue outside St James’ Park, but he failed to win a trophy during his time at the club.
He did win the Premier League during his time at Blackburn Rovers but Shearer went on to score 198 goals in 391 games for Newcastle, ultimately ending his career as the all-time leading goalscorer in Premier League history, with 260.
Kane has already scored more goals for Spurs than Shearer did for the Magpies, netting 212 in 323 appearances.
He is often linked away from the club, but Lee believes that if he does choose to stay, he can end up with his own statue in north London, just like Shearer’s in Newcastle.
He told FFC: “That’s entirely down to how Harry Kane feels about Tottenham, about trophies, we had Alan Shearer at our place for 10, 11 years, in his prime, he didn’t win anything, but as he said himself, wouldn’t have changed it for the world.
“If Harry feels that way about Tottenham… he doesn’t need the money. If he says ‘look, I want to be a Tottenham legend, I want to have a statue of myself outside Spurs, that’s how I feel about Spurs’, or he might feel, ‘I want to try something different, I want to try abroad, I want to try a bigger club than Spurs, a Man City or a Man United’, that’s entirely down to him.
“Very few players get that choice of whether they want to stay and be a legend or whether they want to go and do something else. He’s that good, he can decide himself, it’s entirely down to Harry.”
Indeed, Spurs do have the chance of winning trophies this season.
They remain in the Europa League, where they will play Dinamo Zagreb in the last-16, and are in the Carabao Cup final too, as a meeting with Manchester City looms.
And Lee believes that Jose Mourinho could be just the man to give Kane the medals he deserves.
He added: “If he wanted silverware, he’d probably have to leave Spurs, but Mourinho always seems to win stuff. Whether you like the way he plays or whether you don’t, he always seems to win stuff.”