The summer transfer window is fast approaching so what does that mean? More Harry Kane talk. After a slow start to the season, the England captain has been in fine form in recent games.
The striker is breaking records for club and country, producing solid performances and doing what he does best, scoring goals. Kane has now bagged 22 goals in 41 appearances this season, registering six assists too.
Before the international break and after Tottenham’s 3-1 victory over West Ham, Antonio Conte reiterated praise he has previously given Kane. “He is brilliant in both phases, when he has to score and also when he makes an assist. He is two players in one because he can be a number 10 or he can be a number nine and it doesn’t change.”
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The England captain’s future at Tottenham is a continuous talking point and how Spurs’ final nine games of the season go may affect that decision. The Lilywhites are currently three points off the top four and Champions League football will work wonders in trying to persuade Kane to stay in N17.
Playing in the top European competition will also help keep Conte in the capital, as well as hopefully the backing of Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici in the transfer window. However, if Tottenham miss out on a top four spot, they may discover complications with not just their striker.
Kane currently has a market value of £90million, according to Transfermarkt and his value will drop this summer, compared to last, due to him getting a year closer to the end of his contract. Not that he needed to show it any more than he already has, but the 28-year-old has continued to show why he is a world-class striker, with his performances seeming to improve as the season has gone on.
Therefore even if he wanted a move in the summer, it isn’t likely that Levy would make it easy for him. Jamie Carragher, however, doesn’t believe the England captain will leave north London for Manchester.
“I can’t see Harry Kane leaving Tottenham. I think he would like to leave in the summer, if he got the opportunity, but I just think that ship has sailed with Manchester City,” he admitted on The Overalap fan debate this week.
“He’s a year older and he’s still a fantastic player but there’s talk of [Erling] Haaland coming in.” Haaland has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs, with the 21-year-old’s impressive 23 goals in as many games this season.
It wasn’t long ago that Kane and Son Heung-min broke the record for the most Premier League combination goals and the former Liverpool player went on to comment on their partnership, but what the striker may regret at the end of his career, if he stays at Tottenham. “It’s been a brilliant partnership, Kane and Son, that could go down as one of the great Premier League partnerships, but it is about winning things and that’s why Harry Kane does want a move.
“It’s nothing against Tottenham, he doesn’t want to be known as the guy who scored lots of goals, is a great player but he didn’t win nothing. That is the most important thing about football.
“They’re always the memories you go back to when you’re a player. You think of the final, the game or the night out after and that’s what those players want,” Carragher added.
The 44-year-old went on to compare Kane to previous great England strikers. “I always think of him alongside that line of great England strikers and you think of the 80s, was Gary Lineker and then it became Alan Shearer and then you had Wayne [Rooney] who was different and maybe Michael Owen – they won a few trophies.
“But Lineker didn’t win very much and neither did Alan Shearer and Harry Kane is in that bracket. He may end up eclipsing them at the end of his career, in terms of the numbers but you don’t want that career of just being known as winning the golden boot,” Carragher admitted.
“You want to win big trophies and that’s more important, I think, than those individual honors. Is there something in that? A selfishness as a striker where it’s just about me, making sure I score? I don’t know.”
It will be a waiting game to see what the future holds for Kane and it is going to be a big final two months of the season for him and Tottenham.