Written by Abdulmalik Fawwaz.
Persistent trial but all to no avail. Incessant disappointments and setbacks being the end result of Harry Kane’s struggle to take Tottenham Hotspur to glory. 220 goals in 335 appearance in all competitions now seem to have no impact as there is nothing to show for it. This relentless effort has reached it peak, and it is now high time for Kane to part ways with the London club.
The English striker having spent 16 years in the club has rose through the ranks to become a regular senior team player and a pivotal one at that. His significance in the team is to the extent that the 27-year-old has established himself as one of the best forwards in the league and in Europe owing to the incredible number of goal involvements he has notched.
However, Tottenham’s 14 years trophy drought coupled with his inability to lift a trophy so far for his boyhood club has led Kane to express his desire to leave White Hart Lane as his ultimate goal is to be the best at the game, lift titles and keep clinching silverwares season in, season out.
“… I’m not afraid to say I want to be the best. I’m not afraid to say I want to try and get to the level that Ronaldo and Messi got to. That’s my ultimate goal — to be winning trophies season in, season out.” Kane said in an interview with Gary Neville.
Meanwhile, recourse should be made to 2017 when the striker said that he would be “disappointed if in three years time, spurs had not won a trophy.” This statement is however a manifestation of happenings surrounding the present day Tottenham side as the status quo remain unchanged with the English team losing a Champions League final, coming second runners up in the League and more recently, missing out on the League Cup all in the space of 3 seasons.
It would have been a different story entirely had it been the special one — Jose Mourinho succeeded in his plan to transform a no-title Tottenham Hotspur into a title winning team. But his “specialty” was put to herculean test in the long run which surpassed his perspicacity and his plan therefore failed to see the light of day even after a commendable start to the 2020/21 campaign — sitting at the summit of the log up until December of the previous year before things fell apart. If the special one could not do it, who then will succeed in the overhaul of Tottenham Hotspur?. Is it the 29-year-old Ryan Mason!, his chances are greatly slim.
Albeit — individually — Harry Kane has been massively prolific this season, notching a total of 22 goals with 13 assists to top the Premier League goalscorer and assists charts. Quite acceptable these numbers may win him individual awards but the non-success of it to avail Spurs a top 4 place not to talk of a title is displeasing to the England talisman and he his bent on seeing through the exit door at White Hart Lane.
” Individual awards are great, they are fantastic achievements … When I look back at the end of my career, these are the things I will go over and take in more but the goal right now as a player is to win team trophies.” The striker said after being named as the Premier League Player of the Year at the London Football Awards last month.
In the same vein, Kane’s willingness to leave the club is one thing, the time to leave is another. Time is running out as the clock ticks every second, making it imperative for him to make the decision now if truly he wants to lay his hands on the biggest titles he so covet and have spent no expense to chase.
Turning 28 this July is a reminder that he his edging towards the final third of his career where devaluation of his worth will set in and decline in productivity is inevitable. A typical instance is that of Eden Hazard misery at Real Madrid. As it stands, his price valuation is estimated at £150m. Thus, the likelihood of the striker’s “age factor” affecting his economic value in a season to come implies that this is the only available time when he can get a price valuation that is commensurate to his football status.
Harry Kane is in contract with Tottenham, keeping him at the club till 2024. His desire to remain in the Premier League even after departing the club in addition to the club chairman — Daniel Levy’s loathness to sell the “hope” of Tottenham to a rival club all sum up to the reason why a transfer away from the club is difficult at this stage. But he will have to make more than a clarion call to unchain the shackles that surround his free exit from the team by having the club fans on his side to support his avowal of desirous intent to leave Tottenham Hotspur.
Amidst interest from Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and a host of others shows that there are array of options available at Harry Kane’s disposal. It is a complicated situation, but the ball is in his court to make the biggest decision of his career. Perhaps maybe Harry Kane will wear a white and navy blue jersey next season or not, the question is still hanging in the air and remains unsettled. But time they say waits for no man and as such, a decision to leave the club in order to earn the team accolades he dreams of has to be made now or never.