England youngster looks set to follow path trodden by many former Spurs stars.
Like it or not once you become known as a ‘selling-club’ it’s nigh on impossible to reverse the trend, a footballing transfer vicious circle that it’s hard to shake off and one that Tottenham are certainly in the midst of at present.
Tottenham haven’t challenged for major honours for some time and there absence from the top table of football further muddies any attempt to keep hold of the club’s top talents, and of course those inevitable sales then make it that bit harder to secure a coveted top four finish.
To be fair to White Hart Lane chairman Daniel Levy he isn’t one to merely lie down and accept defeat, he deserves a great deal of respect for the way in which he doggedly retained the services of Luka Modric as well as garnering a world record fee before considering allowing Gareth Bale to join the Croat at Real Madrid, however the fact remains the north London side face a next to impossible task trying to keep hold of young forward Harry Kane.
For Modric and Bale read Micheal Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov before them.
Indeed the faster Kane’s meteoric rise the quicker his departure, one would be forgiven if Mauricio Pochettino were to whisper in the 21 year old’s ear before kick-off ‘Once you’ve bagged a goal, perhaps take it down a notch’.
The attacking powerhouse served his apprenticeship out on loan on various stints before impressing in patches last term and has benefited from the ineffective displays put in by senior stars Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado and now has the bit between his teeth and doesn’t seem keen to let go.
Plundering goals for fun in cup competitions, nine fired home in Capital One Cup and Europa League action, it was when Chingford born marksman started to find the back of the net in the Premier League when the footballing world stood up to attention.
His two goal salvo against Chelsea was arguably one of the best displays in recent Premier League history, the Spurs man’s showing all the more impressive given it came against the hitherto unshakable pair of John Terry and Gary Cahill, and it won’t be long before concrete bids are entered for the youngster and then the latest battle to retain a talent commences.
If Kane continues at his current rate then bids of note could be registered in the summer but if they hold off such moves then they will have done well but who would bet against Tottenham having lost the forward by the time the 2016/17 season kicks off?
In theory the sale of one to enable the signing of a few could leave Tottenham in with a better shot at securing a Champions League return, however the way in which Andre Villas-Boas invested funds from Bale’s sale, and the manner in which Brendan Rodgers squandered money from Luis Suarez’s sale to Barcelona, prove that such a sale can set a club back a number of seasons.
Perhaps Harry Kane can inspire his side to secure Champions League qualification this season, be it via a top four finish or by winning the Europa League, as Levy knows as well as anyone that the Tottenham star will be starring in the competition before too long whether in Spurs colours or otherwise.