Over the last few weeks, several pundits have weighed in on the speculation surrounding Harry Kane’s future at Tottenham.
The likes of Jamie Carragher (Telegraph), Paul Merson (Sky Sports), Chris Sutton (BBC Sport), and several others have already insisted that the England captain has to leave North London in order to win silverware.
Kane has no shortage of takers either, with reports suggesting that Manchester United (Evening Standard), Juventus (Tuttosport), Real Madrid (Diario Madridista), and Paris Saint-Germain (AS) are all interested in signing the striker.
However, former Arsenal defender, Martin Keown, has gone against the grain and urged Kane to stay put at Spurs.
Comparing his situation with Alan Shearer’s, who stayed loyal to Newcastle United until the end of his career, he claimed that the Spurs star needed stability around him to get back to his best.
When asked if Kane should stick around at Spurs or leave the club this summer, Keown told the Daily Mail: “How many times did Manchester United try to get Alan Shearer? Had he gone there, the Premier League’s all-time top scorer would have won trophy after trophy.
“Between 1996, the year Shearer signed for Newcastle, and 2006, the year of his retirement, United won five titles. Yet he stayed tremendously loyal to his boyhood club. Now the question is whether Harry Kane should do the same.
“The key difference with Shearer is he won the Premier League with Blackburn before heading home to Newcastle. Kane hasn’t had that. At 26 years old, he is still waiting for that first taste of silverware.
“Maybe other clubs are in better positions to tick that box for him. But my initial reaction is that, for the time being, Kane should stay at Tottenham. He needs nurturing back to his best after his injury. He needs games, the support of those around him and perhaps some patience. He will get that with Tottenham.
“Maybe in six months’ time, once he’s back to banging in goals, then we can revisit the topic of his future. We can also assess whether Spurs are looking any more ambitious under Jose Mourinho. For now, I say Kane should stay.”
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While every player wants to win medals during their career, silverware is not the be-all and end-all. I’m sure winning one or two trophies with Tottenham would mean much more to Kane than winning five or six somewhere else. However, if the team is showing no signs of improvement, it is only natural that he will eventually give up and look for a move to win trophies.
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