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Kane must move now if he wants success

Harry Kane is an extremely ambitious guy. Driven to score goals, to represent his country, and to win trophies. And as he approaches his 28th birthday at the peak of his powers, 2 out of those 3 doesn’t represent success. If it’s success Kane wants, he needs to move away from Spurs now to win the trophies he craves.

He had to stand and watch the Manchester City players – among them ex-Spurs star Kyle Walker – collect yet another piece of silverware in the Carabao Cup Final. In 2019 it was Liverpool who strode past Kane to collect the biggest club prize of them all, the Champions League. Success has been so near, yet so very far at Spurs recently.

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“As much as this is great, I want to be winning the biggest team prizes. We’re not quite doing that. It’s bittersweet, but it is what it is.”

Harry Kane after he was named Premier League Player of the Year at the 2021 London Football Awards.

Golden boots galore, but no trophies

It’s the drive within Kane that’s always set him apart as a player. Loan spells at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich, and Leicester show the desire of someone to learn the ropes at all levels. Everywhere he’s been, Kane has watched and learned.

When he’s on England duty, his desire to be the best and break records is obvious. At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, each game was another incentive to win the prestigious Golden Boot – which of course he achieved.

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Add two Premier League Golden Boot awards, and the incentive of chasing both the Premier League and England goalscoring records, and you can see what drives Kane.

How long can a serial winner like Kane go without actually winning? With the way things are poised at Spurs, Kane must make his move now before it’s too late.

Spurs moving further away from trophies

There was a time under Mauricio Pochettino where Tottenham seemed destined to eventually win something. But since Jose Mourinho’s ill-fated spell at the club, they’ve arguably moved further away than ever.

Crucially, Champions League football looks unlikely next season. With 4 games to go in the Premier League, they need some massive slip-ups from their rivals to qualify. Where does that leave Kane at this stage of his career?

Kane’s problem wouldn’t be a lack of suitors – he’d be welcome at any club in the world. It would be more a case of who could afford him in a post-pandemic transfer market. He would command a £100m-plus fee, and as he nears 30 years old there are younger players available for a similar price. Take Erling Haaland for example.

That limits his pool of destinations considerably. Who could afford him? Probably both the Manchester clubs, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain maybe. But with each passing season, both his value and his chances of winning silverware are diminishing, as long as he stays at Spurs.

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