Harry Kane made his long-awaited return to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon and now he appears likely to remain in north London, according to reports…
The Daily Mail have revealed a major update on the situation this week.
It’s claimed that the general feeling among those at Hotspur Way is that any move for the 28-year-old England international is ‘virtually impossible’ with just one week to go until deadline day.
Spurs are said to believe they are winning the battle to keep their leading talisman in N17 heading into September. Lilywhites chairman Daniel Levy has always remained adamant that Kane is not up for sale and as the transfer window draws to a close, his stance has not wavered.
Manchester City are expected to launch another bid for the striker but it remains to be seen whether it meets the £150m valuation and even then, if the Spurs supremo will cash in at such a late stage.
This claim should leave many in north London absolutely buzzing, perhaps none more so than manager Nuno Santo.
The Portuguese coach took over from Jose Mourinho earlier in the summer and was left with a lot on his plate. The last thing he would have wanted is to deal with this ongoing saga, particularly as he tries to get his ideas and system across to the squad.
Kane has been integral to Spurs’ fortunes for several seasons – for example, the Englishman contributed towards 54.4% of all their league goals scored in 2020/21, whilst he’s found the net once every 118 minutes throughout his Spurs career, having bagged at least 19 goals every season since 2014/15, via Transfermarkt.
Nuno’s start to life in the dugout has been perfect so far. It’s two wins from two and they are yet to concede a goal, which is a vast improvement on last season as defensive problems were their one major Achilles heel.
However, they have struggled to find the net, scoring just one goal in each game, which is a decrease on their 1.79 goals-per-game ratio for last season. It’s no coincidence with Kane out of the starting XI.
Heung-min Son has been filling in up top in his absence and whilst he scored against Man City on the opening weekend, he did not look himself against Wolves at the weekend.
As per SofaScore, he registered only 28 touches (fewest of any Spurs starter) and registered just the one shot on target. In just 18 minutes as his substitute, Kane managed to record half his touches and match his attempts on goal.
Having the £108m-rated talisman available to Nuno evidently makes the north Londoners a much bigger threat, which in turn makes the Portuguese’s chances of bringing success to the club all that greater.
As a result, if the general feeling across the Spurs camp is that Kane is staying, then it gives the head coach one massive boost heading into the rest of the season.