Former Premier League striker Marcus Bent believes Tottenham Hotspur could make the mistake of overlooking Son Heung-Min if they sell Harry Kane this summer, telling Football FanCast that they will look to buy an elite-level replacement.
Kane has been heavily linked with a departure from his boyhood club ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Athletic broke a huge story claiming that Kane was ready to push for a move away if Spurs failed to qualify for the Champions League this season, and that does seem a long shot at this stage.
Ryan Mason’s side are five points behind Chelsea in fourth and they have won just two of their last five Premier League outings.
Son has been linked away too, with Bayern Munich credited with an interest, but he is in talks over a new contract at the club.
And Bent believes that if Kane were to go, there would be an opportunity for Son to step up and prove himself as the main man at Spurs.
Son has scored 20 goals in all competitions this season and, in total, has netted 105 goals in 275 games since his arrival from Bayer Leverkusen.
But Bent also thinks that Spurs would look to replace Kane with another elite striker, leaving Son overlooked.
He told FFC: “When you sell your best players this is not a good thing. You don’t want to be at a side where your team is selling your best players and not bringing any players in to replace them.
“I’m not saying Tottenham haven’t done that, and it hasn’t happened yet. But again, if you were to sell Kane, then where are the goals going to come from?
“Maybe Son might say, ‘okay, well I can stay and score the goals, and be number one’.
“But really, and truly, I think Tottenham will have to bring in someone on the level of Kane and Son will be again, overlooked and underrated, which is a shame.
“But that’s the way football is and you’ve got to kind of just stick at it and move on.”