Earlier this month Manchester City announced the signing of Erling Haaland, “subject to the Club finalising terms with the player,” with the 21-year-old set to make the move to the north-west in a couple of months. The Norwegian has been at Borussia Dortmund for a couple of years, impressing in the Bundesliga for such a previously inexperienced player.
This season, Haaland has scored 22 goals and registered eight assists in just 24 league appearances, also bagging three goals in as many Champions League appearances. The Premier League title won’t be decided until the final day of the season, but the youngster’s new club currently have a one-point lead at the top of the table and know victory over Aston Villa on Sunday will see them safely home.
Last summer and even at the beginning of this season, there was overwhelming doubts over Harry Kane’s future in north London, with the England captain heavily linked with a move to the Etihad. After a slower start to the season than anyone would’ve hoped for, Kane has been back in form and has scored 16 goals and registered eight assists, in his 36 league games.
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The two strikers are almost exactly seven years apart and if Haaland continues developing, he will cause even more of a threat to his opposing teams. However, something that Kane has over the 21-year-old is experience.
He has come up through the Tottenham academy and become one of their star men for many years. This has come with experience in the Premier League, various cup competitions and in Europe.
His experience is why Steve McManaman believes the 28-year-old could’ve been “better suited” to Man City, if he wasn’t seven years older than Haaland. “I think Manchester City would have still been successful and at the top regardless of whether they bought Erling Haaland or not,” he explained.
“However, if age wasn’t a factor then Harry Kane would have been better suited as he played in the Premier League for a number of years now and he’s a proven goalscorer in the league. I do, however, believe that Erling Haaland could come in and score as many goals as he wants next season as long as he stays fit.
“He should continue to be prolific at Manchester City as they’re a great team with better players and he’s going to have chances put on a plate for him. If he stays fit, well he’ll be top goalscorer in the Premier League next season,” the former City player added.
Earlier this month football.londonreported that although Kane didn’t want to look beyond this season, there is continued hope within the club that he will remain in N17. This is also expected to be helped by Antonio Conte, assuming the Italian also stays and that Tottenham secure Champions League football next season.
The Lilywhites will still need and want to bring in some new players in the summer transfer window, to help strengthen Conte’s squad. This will hopefully help with the lack of depth in the current team and adding quality around the solid players Conte already has available to him.
“I think other Premier League sides will go daft in the transfer window, not because Manchester City have signed Erling Haaland, but because I think they would have gone daft regardless in order to catch up. Tottenham will have to provide Antonio Conte with the money to have a go because he’s done incredibly well already and it looks like he’s going to get them into the Champions League, so money will come with that,” McManaman added.
“He’s only got an 18-month contract which absolutely beggars belief really when you want a manager to do well and have a plan, so I presume Antonio will stay and sign a new contract if he’s happy and he has the assurances to grow this side. These teams on the periphery will have to do something to catch Manchester City and Liverpool, especially when City have secured one of the greatest forwards around for his age.
“These teams are going to have to bring in five or six players to try and catch both these great sides,” the former City player added. Even if Haaland hadn’t gone to Man City, although no one really knows what Kane would be thinking, the end of Spurs’ season would make it seem more likely for him to stay in north London.
Kane has a great on-field relationship with Son Heung-min, which has only grown this season and he is a key leader in Conte’s side. The Italian is a winning manager and that will have only helped in the England captain believing Tottenham’s aims are potentially more ambitious than they have previously been.
Barring a huge winning margin for north London rivals Arsenal against Everton, the Lilywhites need just a point away at Norwich to secure Champions League football for next season. With new arrivals hopefully joining in the summer and a winning manager like Conte to guide them, Spurs can hopefully find success in both the league and Europe next season.
Only time will tell how well Haaland manages to settle in at Man City and in the Premier League, but all Spurs fans will care about is keeping Kane at the club for another season, which may not be so difficult if Tottenham finish in the top four and Conte stays.