Former West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce has given his opinion on this summer’s Harry Kane transfer saga, suggesting that Tottenham Hotspur would have struggled to replace him.
Allardyce believes that Spurs would have had to go out and signed three quality players to attempt to replace the goals that Kane scores for the North Londoners, and a direct replacement would prove to be a challenge after suggesting such a player would join a club who finished in the top four last season.
After a summer of speculation of a potential move to Manchester City, Kane confirmed on Twitter last month that he would be remaining at Tottenham beyond the summer transfer window.
After being left out of the Premier League opener against City, Nuno Espirito Santo has begun to re-integrate Kane back into the squad which started with a late cameo against Wolves.
The 28-year-old has started the last two games in all competitions and even grabbed a first-half brace against Pacos de Ferreira in the second leg of the Europa League Conference play-off round (Transfermarkt).
Allardyce was asked during an appearance on Sky Sports on deadline day about whether keeping Kane will feel like a new signing, he said: “Absolutely. Tottenham could not replace Harry Kane except maybe signing three top-quality players who will be able to share the goals that Harry could score.
“I don’t think Tottenham could find a centre-forward that could score the same amount of goals that Harry could score year in, year out.
“That sort of player would be going to a Liverpool, Chelsea, a Man United, or a Man City.”
🗣 "Tottenham could not replace Harry Kane, except signing three top quality players who could share the goals."
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 31, 2021
Replacing Kane was always going to be an impossible task. You probably have to sign a world-class creative midfielder and a world-class striker to replace his input.
Whenever the day comes, the recruitment staff at Spurs have got some job on their hands.
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