Gary Neville believes that Harry Kane has so much quality that his presence at Tottenham has prevented other strikers from moving to North London over recent years.
The likes of Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente failed to make the expected impact at Spurs after being forced to play second fiddle to Kane.
Football.London’s Alasdair Gold recently suggested that Kane’s presence at Spurs is one of the reasons that the club have failed to land many of their striker targets of late.
Spurs once again failed to land a striker in the January transfer window despite being linked with several players. Landing a back-up to the 26-year-old is said to be one of Jose Mourinho’s priorities in the summer (The Telegraph).
The Lilywhites have been linked with centre-forwards like Vedat Muriqi (Aspor) and Arkadiusz Milik (Tuttosport via Sport Witness) but Neville believes that having Kane at the club won’t make it easy for Spurs to land another forward.
He told The Football Show on Sky Sports: “In fact, Kane is a massive positive for Tottenham, but he’s a bit of a problem in the sense that they probably can’t get another centre-forward to go to the club knowing they’ll be on the bench.
“What is does mean is that when Harry’s gone there’s a big loss – and him and Son are hugely important.”
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Understandably, strikers wouldn’t want to come to Spurs and play second fiddle to Kane. However, the England captain is quite versatile and is able to play up front with another striker or even drop into the number ten role if necessary. The fact is that we haven’t had a centre-forward of sufficient quality to warrant a regular place in the side in recent years. Neither Llorente nor Janssen were good enough to play for us week in, week out.
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