Harry Kane has long written himself into Tottenham Hotspur folklore. The striker has remained loyal to the club and has become our all-time Premier League top scorer in the process.
But there is one thing the England international has not accomplished in North London. That’s win a trophy.
We were beaten 0-1 by Manchester City in the EFL Cup final on Sunday. It’s the third cup final we have reached with the star, also losing in the final of the same tournament back in 2015, and the Champions League in 2019. We were also Premier League runners-up in 2017.
Following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal last week, the board are now searching for the Portuguese coach’s long-term replacement. And that could certainly have an impact on the future of Harry Kane.
A number of top managers have already been linked, with Maurizio Sarri is one of those mentioned to take over. The Italian has a season of Premier League action under his belt with Chelsea in 2018-19, where he guided the Blues to Europa League glory. The bookmakers currently have Sarri as the 3/1 favourite, though closely followed by Ajax’s Erik ten Hag.
Following his season with Chelsea, Sarri then guided Juventus to the Serie A title, something they will not be doing this season under Andrea Pirlo.
Would Sarri guarantee success at Tottenham? Despite turning Napoli into Serie A title contenders during his three years in Naples prior to joining Chelsea, the experienced manager never got his hands on a trophy there. You could say there are quite a few similarities between Napoli and us: limited league titles in their history, high expectations but failing to lift anything major trophy this millennium.
Currently, the leading sportsbook app Betfair does not have us among the immediate favouirites to win any trophy next season. The appointment of Sarri or ten Hag could change that though.
Harry Kane turns 28 over the summer and must be thinking time is running out to get his hands on some silverware during his career. Sarri may not bring too much confidence but Erik ten Hag has certainly overachieved during his time at Ajax, which includes reaching the Champions League semi-finals (eliminated by us) and running away with the Dutch Eredivisie again this season despite selling a number of stars over the past two seasons.
The England international has been strongly linked to both Real Madrid and Manchester United in recent seasons – both clubs will be playing in the Champions League next season and both could give Kane confidence of lifting a trophy or two in the coming years.
However, Kane’s contract has another three years left to run on it and we all know how chairman Daniel Levy is a shrewd businessman. Any interested parties would almost certainly need to make a world record transfer bid to have a chance of being accepted.
Whilst Spurs would strengthen our chances of keeping Harry Kane at the club for the duration of his prime by winning a trophy next season, the length of his contract and his unaffordable transfer fee should ease any fans’ concerns of him leaving in the next 12 or even 24 months.