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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Has Tottenham found their Harry Kane replacement?

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In what has been a piece of expected yet shocking news, Harry Kane has reportedly told Tottenham Hotspur that he wants to leave the club. Although there are clubs interested in him, his departure will leave Tottenham empty of a world-class striker. Having said so, it looks like they might have found his replacement in Manchester.

Harry Kane is one of the most dangerous strikers across Europe at the moment. Having initially joined a local youth club, Kane came through 3 other clubs’ Youth process before settling at Tottenham Hotspur in 2004. Spurs were also the club his family supported.

After spending 5 years at the academy he played for the club’s U-18 side mostly, before getting his first-team callup. He appeared on the team’s bench twice but wasn’t lucky enough to make a debut. Kane signed his first professional contract in 2010 after which he was sent out on an English tour.

From 2011 to 2013, he played for 4 different clubs. His first spell was with a 4th-tier English team called Leyton Orient. Having played there for half a season, he returned to Spurs where he got his debut. It came in the Europa League and he featured in that competition until December.

Harry Kane then joined the Championship side Milwall. His end of the season form earned him the club’s Young Player of the Year Award. Next season he joined Norwich City but was soon recalled by the club due to a lack of forwards. However, 2 weeks later, he joined Leicester City for the remainder of the season. He helped the club push for a Premier League promotion. They reached as far as the playoffs where they were eliminated by Watford. Kane then returned to Tottenham and became a huge asset for them.

Harry Kane has informed that he wants to leave the club

Harry Kane has been in a colossal form thanks to Mauricio Pochettino. After the Argentinian was appointed as the Spurs manager, Kane has been in the best form of his life. In their first season together, Kane went on to score 21 league goals and an overall 31 goals. It didn’t stop there as in the next 3 seasons, he ended up as the Golden Boot winner twice. Kane has made 330 appearances for his club and has earned himself a spot amongst the legends with 220 goals.

The 27-year-old striker has won many individual awards but hasn’t been able to win a club trophy in his decade-long career with Spurs. The closest which they have come has been wasted. In 2016-17, Tottenham came the runners-up in the Premier League which was also their best-ever finish.

In 2018-19, they reached their maiden Champions League final only to lose it to their rivals, Liverpool. The latest one was the Carabao Cup loss against Manchester City. Amidst these heartbreaks, Kane didn’t drop his performance even a little bit as he scored at least 25 goals a season. But there comes a time when you get fed up as your contributions end up producing nothing. And Kane has finally shown the nerves to make this big decision.

Tottenham have been searching for a replacement for a while

Having started the season off a great note, a Champions League spot was looking secure. However, as usual, they bottled their form and are now battling to keep the Europa League spot. It was rumored that Kane had said that he would leave the club if they failed to make it to the Champions League. But, with 2 fixtures remaining, their hopes are slim, and Kane has officially stated to leave the club.

But it looks like Tottenham has been preparing for this situation for a while now. Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea are keen on a striker and Harry Kane has been on their radar. Chelsea looks to be the favorites to land him as they are prepared to splash the money.

However, Tottenham’s recruitment staff have identified which players they might be able to take in exchange from both Manchester clubs in case they come forward. Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City and Anthony Martial of Manchester United. Both these players have struggled to perform up to their hype and are closing to an exit. And the proposal by Spurs can be a win-win situation for both parties.

They have put an unofficial tag of £150 million for the Englishman, which, given the current financial state is impossible. However, if the Manchester clubs are willing for a swap deal, it can reduce their load. But, the club’s chairman, Daniel Levy will try his best to avoid the Manchester clubs as he does not have a great history with them when it comes to transfers.

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