The Harry Kane media storm is menacingly overhead, but he won’t make a decision about his future at Tottenham until the club appoints a new manager.
While some media outlets, including Sky Sports, suggest Kane is desperate to leave north London, they’re leaving out some key details. Kane is a local, a strident Tottenham loyalist. His first priority is staying in Tottenham. But that is of course predicated on Tottenham having the ability to win trophies, which currently isn’t the case.
However, multiple other reputable, reliable sources, including the Daily Telegraph’s Matt Law confirmed the rumours, piggybacking on Sky’s breaking piece of news.
Even though there too many concrete sources confirming the rumours, Kane would never purposefully cause a rift between him and his boyhood club. You’d have to assume someone within his inner circle leaked the story. Kane wouldn’t voluntarily create a maelstrom of negative media attention with so much on the line for the club he adores just a week shy of season’s end.
Kane has made his stance clear and unequivocal: he wants, check that, needs to win team trophies. And if it won’t happen in north London, you better be sure the ambitious national team captain will make it happen elsewhere. Let me state clearly that his desire to win major team honours has absolutely no impact on his loyalty to Tottenham Hotspur.
Any Tottenham supporter that has an iota of respect and admiration for Kane — which is everyone — shouldn’t take begrudge his desire to play for a team that consistently challenges for each and every available team honour. And if that means he has to go to another team to accomplish that elusive feat, we should all wish him well on his glorious way.
However, Kane will want to know who is selected as Tottenham’s next manager before departing Hotspur Way. If, for example, Spurs somehow manage to lure Brendan Rodgers away from Leicester — an extremely unlikely outcome — it would impact significantly Kane’s decision. If the right manager gets the job, Kane’s likelihood of staying for another year will increase faster than my blood pressure during the Carabao Cup Final.
Odds heavily favour a Kane exodus this summer, and for good reason. Teams like Manchester City, Manchester United are lurking, waiting impatiently for their chance to pounce on the Premier League’s best striker.
While money is disproportionately tight this year for most, due to the obvious, there is no doubt that the world’s biggest clubs will be clamouring to win the Kane sweepstakes. And they’ll be willing — even during a pandemic — to shell out over £125 million.
But Kane, even though a recent rumour suggested he wants his future decided before the European Championships get underway, will wait like everyone else, with optimism, apprehension, excitement and fear, to hear the news of who will lead the next Tottenham evolution before parting ways with the club.