Somehow, some way, Tottenham is on the cusp of signing James Maddison for £40 million plus add-ons, a transfer that should improve Harry Kane’s outlook on the 2023-24 season.
Kane recently agreed to a move to Bayern Munich, a transfer rumour that probably won’t amount to much more than frenzied tweets, regurgitated articles, and increased back-and-forth speculation from countless sources.
Kane might not take being held hostage lightly, although a similar outcome occurred in 2021 when Spurs’ top man arrived late to pre-season training after not being dealt to Manchester City.
The news that England teammate Maddison is on his way to north London might offer Kane a new perspective, some solace, and, hopefully, a slice of excitement.
The pair have an excellent relationship, and Maddison has the quality to improve Kane’s already spectacular numbers. The 26-year-old Fox can find a seeing-eye, incisive pass but can also finish clinically.
Suiting up in the No. 8 role just behind Kane is the perfect scenario for both players to increase their offensive outputs.
Add a healthy Son Heung-min and a rejuvenated, just-signed Dejan Kulusevski into the mix, and you have one of, if not the best offensive quartets in the top flight.
In addition, Kane and the aforementioned triumvirate will benefit from Ange Postecoglou’s unwavering desire to play an irrepressibly exciting brand of attacking football.
That sounds pretty damn good, right, Harry?
With the offensive prowess at Ange’s disposal, if the Maddison transfer is confirmed, Kane could break Alan Shearer’s all-time goalscoring record of 267 in a season and a half.
Who knows, with the purchase of a new centre-back, Spurs might be good enough to contend for a Champions League spot or a domestic trophy (now I’m reaching), altogether changing Kane’s want-to-leave perspective.
That’s the theory, anyway. Only Sir Kane knows whether it rings true. For our sake, let’s hope so.