For the second time, Harry Kane’s career has come to a crossroads in north London, and while a few well-documented reasons have him interested in a move to Bavaria, there are at least three he should stay at Tottenham.
The back and forth continues as Tottenham and Bayern Munich remain at an impasse. There’s a lot of ongoing thumb-twiddling for supporters, especially after the frantic pace Tottenham started the transfer period with.
We’re twiddling our thumbs waiting for the head honchos to eeny, meeny, miny, moe over Edmond Tapsoba and Micky van de Ven.
The thumb-twiddling continues while bracing ourselves for a probable, possibly even meaningful, Kane follow-up bid from Bayern Munich Chairman Karl-Heinz “Kalle” Rummenigge.
While the clubs’ pissing contest continues, there are several reasons Kane should stay in north London, where he signed his first contract almost 14 years ago.
I’ve settled on three primary reasons our venerated leader should stay put.
3. His offensive output will increase in 2023-24
Despite Tottenham enduring their most disappointing season in about a decade, Kane still managed to score 30 goals. Had it not been for an Erling Haaland 10-match goal streak, Kane would have secured his fourth Golden Boot.
Tottenham, somewhat counterintuitively, scored its most goals (70) in a season since 2017-18. You don’t have to be a genius to come to a conclusion regarding Spurs’ defence. It was porous, more so than a piece of rotting wood, hence the need for a top-calibre marshal.
Kane’s 30 goals came despite playing beside an ailing Son Heung-min, an out-of-sorts Dejan Kulusevski, and an utterly ineffective Richarlison. So imagine how much his offensive yield will increase in 2023-24 when the aforementioned trio return to life.
And then there’s the addition of James Maddison, an elite offensive creator. Maddison will invariably make Kane better, and vice versa.
Now, add those already compelling factors to the piece de resistance, Ange ball. Come hell or high water, the new gaffer will ensure Tottenham employs a joyously enterprisingly brand of football, chockfull of aesthetically pleasing offensive forays.
At least, that’s the vision.
2. Nothing could compare to winning a trophy at Tottenham
Ok, so this point will strike an emotional chord with Tottenham supporters (not just the headline of a recent Hotspur HQ article).
Tottenham hasn’t won a trophy since beating Chelsea in the 2008 League Cup Final, the first of its kind at the new Wembley Stadium. That was about half a decade before Kane’s Premier League introduction.
So imagine what winning a trophy, any trophy, at the club he’s sweat and bled for since, aside from brief stints at Norwich, Leicester, and Millwall, the start of his illustrious career.
It would forever cement his already-hallowed legendary status. It would mean more to him than anything else could. The most elusive achievement would be his, finally.
The most rewarding things in life don’t come without sacrifice, determination, and adversity, which Kane is all too familiar with. Nobody in world football deserves a slice of glory as much as Spurs’ on-and-off-the-pitch leader.
1. Kane will surpass Alan Shearer’s all-time goalscoring record in a season and a half
Kane is on pace to surpass Alan Shearer atop the Premier League’s all-time goalscoring within the next two seasons. He has 213 goals, 47 behind Shearer’s 260.
If my simple arithmetic is accurate (it would be slightly embarrassing if it isn’t), Kane, based on last season’s output, is just over a season and a half from becoming the Premier League’s most prolific scorer.
And let’s be real.
Based on number 3 on this list, Kane will score at least 30 goals next season.
While winning a trophy after a thus-far trophy-less career is probably more appealing than a fresh kill for a starving lion, climbing atop the Premier League all-time goalscoring chart is nothing to scoff at.