If the loss to Aston Villa was the last time Harry Kane plays a home match for Tottenham Hotspur, it would be a particularly sad send off for the club legend.
Along with the abundance of undenied rumours from reputable sources, there were other signs that Kane last night played his last home match as a member of Tottenham Hotspur.
At least Kane got to hear his name bellowed out in song by 10,000 supporters before he parts way with Spurs. He’ll take some solace in that. Otherwise, Kane will be devastated at the prospect of ending his Spurs career on such a listless, anti-climactic note.
The lads weren’t up for the match, plain and simple. Riddled with strange ongoings, the match spiralled out of control after an extremely promising start. Trying to impact proceedings, Kane dropped deep more often. It didn’t have the desire effect.
While Kane has never been disinterested about anything when it comes to Tottenham Hotspur, he was clearly devoid of his usual irrepressible spark in last night’s 2-1 defeat. Trying not to speculate, it did look like he was resigned to a future away from the club he’s poured everything into.
Of course nobody will remember ten years down the line that Kane endured a miserable finale at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. It will be inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. But in this moment, it still hurts.
The pain will soon fade and be replaced by respect and veneration for what Kane has contributed to this great club.
Like all of Tottenham’s players, Kane after the match completed a lap of appreciation for the 10,000 melancholy, frustrated supporters in attendance. But Kane’s lap was unlike any other player’s. He appeared slightly choked up, doing his utmost to prevent raw emotions from spilling over. It felt like a farewell lap. Hopefully that’s not the case, but in all likelihood Kane will not make another home appearance donning the Lilywhite.
Spurs’ legend has 165 goals in 244 Premier League appearances with Tottenham, a staggering return from a truly remarkable player. And he still has an excellent chance of winning his third Golden Boot in the final match of the season, away to Leicester.
Mo Salah did not score in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Burnley yesterday, setting up a grandstand finish between the two lethal poachers, who are both stuck on 22 goals. Kane could be a single goal away from securing this season’s Golden Boot.
Now that would be a more fitting way for Kane to once and for all depart Hotspur Way.