Peterborough United Director of Football Barry Fry has told Football FanCast that Tottenham Hotspur have to keep Harry Kane this summer if they are to challenge next season, and says that must kick-start a rebuilding job in north London.
The striker has been in electric form this season and has scored 31 goals in all competitions, while also providing 16 assists.
Kane has been heavily linked with a move away from the club this summer, with The Athletic reporting that he is keen to leave for a new challenge, particularly if the club fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Spurs are currently sixth, five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with four games to go.
The club have, of course, sacked Jose Mourinho and have placed Ryan Mason in interim charge of the team until the end of the season.
It remains to be seen who will take over – there have been a number of managers linked with the club – but Fry says there is a major job to be done, though the first task is ensuring that the England captain remains.
His current contract expires in 2024 and Fry thinks he needs a new deal to show his commitment to Tottenham.
He told FFC: “Whoever comes into Tottenham, Kane’s got to stay, so they’ve got to give him a new contract and do whatever they’ve got to do to make him stay because no matter who comes in, without him, they’re going to struggle.
“There’s no doubt about it, they’re going to struggle.
“He’s got three years left on his contract, Tottenham are obviously in charge of that but we’ve all known before when a player is unhappy.
“I’m not saying Harry Kane’s unhappy, he loves Tottenham, he’ll do anything for Tottenham, but there comes a time when without massive rebuilding there, they’re not going to be challenging for the league title for a start.”