Though the insatiable nature of transfer rumours will likely always see him linked with a move away, trying to frame the fact that Harry Kane looks destined to stay at Tottenham Hotspur for most of his prime years as a bad thing seems wide of the mark.
Granted, it would be completely understandable if the England captain did want to make the step up and try his hand at another club more capable of regularly challenging for major honours but, according to recent reports, it seems his unwavering loyalty to Spurs will stop him from pushing for a move.
Indeed, this is a man who was never meant to be here in the eyes of many. Dismissively labeled a ‘one-season wonder’ upon his initial breakthrough, the fact that Kane has a realistic chance of surpassing Jimmy Greaves, Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney in the goalscoring charts means this is a player destined for greatness, whether or not he lifts a title.
Even accounting for a slight drop off in his scoring rate, it’d take a brave observer to bet against him being recognised as the best striker in Tottenham, England and Premier League history. Surely that kind of accolade means more than lifting, say, a La Liga title in Madrid or a Carabao Cup with Manchester United.
Shearer represents quite a poignant example too. His hometown club’s best ever player, he’s constantly batted away suggestions that he should regret opting to stay at Newcastle United, talking up how much his standing amongst his people means to him.
When one looks back and thinks of Shearer these days, his title-winning season with Blackburn Rovers isn’t usually the first thing that springs to mind. The image, of course, is him clad in black and white stripes, scoring some of the most iconic goals in the history of English football.
Perhaps, one day, we’ll get there with Harry Kane too should he resist forcing a transfer. We’ll think of how he embodied the thrillingly exciting Mauricio Pochettino project in North London, of how he spearheaded two title chases all while naysayers predicted his lucky hot streak would soon end.
Teammate Gareth Bale is another figure worth mentioning. The Welshman’s move to Madrid may have stacked his mantlepiece in terms of trophies and trinkets but the final two years of his spell there looked cold and joyless.
The circumstances are somewhat different but Kane’s rise to prominence came at an exciting time for Spurs, building a rapport with supporters who idolise him as they watched a man infamously rejected by their biggest rivals prove everyone wrong.
On course to win his third Premier League Golden Boot, resisting a transfer would almost guarantee personal glory for Harry Kane at Tottenham, who could yet improve enough to win trophies during the remainder of the England captain’s career.
While the club’s spending power may have been hugely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, preventing Daniel Levy from reaping the rewards of his shiny new stadium, it’s not as if Tottenham are trailing behind the rest of the top six in an operational sense.
Jose Mourinho is one of the highest paid managers in the world, proving that Levy is ready to spend top dollar in order to bring glory to Spurs. Sadly for him, however, it looks like he’s paying the wrong man.
That kind of ambition coupled with their lavish training ground and aggressive moves in the transfer market over the course of 2020 – the most unprecedented year in sporting history – speaks to a chairman desperate for success, albeit with some slightly muddled thinking.
As exciting a story as it might be across newspaper tabloids and transfer gossip columns, there really is nothing wrong with Harry Kane staying at Tottenham Hotspur for the rest of his career.
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