Jamie Redknapp has questioned Tottenham Hotspur’s decision not to sell Harry Kane this summer.
The former midfielder was speaking after Tottenham’s 3-2 victory against Newcastle United yesterday evening and launched a critical assessment of Daniel Levy’s tenure as chairman of the North Londoners.
Redknapp admitted he was surprised that Kane was not offloaded to Manchester City this summer when Levy has a track record of selling some of his established stars in the past including Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Michael Carrick for big money.
While acknowledging that Levy has done well on improving the club’s facilities with a new training ground and state of the art stadium, when it comes to the playing side of the club he simply has not done good enough.
The 48-year-old highlighted how many rebuilds Levy requires for Tottenham to win a trophy, having failed to win a piece of competitive silverware since he has been in charge.
Kane netted his first Premier League goal of the season at St James’ Park sandwiched in between efforts from Tanguy Ndombele and Heung-min Son to lift Nuno Espirito Santo’s side to fifth place in the Premier League table.
He told Sky Sports when asked by Dave Jones on whether selling Harry Kane would have been good for the club: “I found that surprising this summer because every other time they’ve had a real asset, you think Modric, Bale, Carrick, Daniel Levy has decided to sell, took the money.
“I think when you’ve got a player that wants to leave that doesn’t want to be at your club, it helps.
“Did you say that they’re doing a rebuild? I mean, how many rebuilds has Daniel had? I mean I’ve lost count. Great stadium, great training ground, but they haven’t won under his tenure-ship, it’s not good enough.
“Anybody else, any other chairman would’ve been voted out or left. There’s been some successes, but in terms of recruitment and getting things right on the pitch, he’s not done well enough.”
He added: “They’ve got a director of football in now which is going to be interesting because knowing how Daniel works, he listens to the last person he spoke to.
“I’m not too sure this director of football will have ability or even be given the opportunity to bring as many players as what he’d like and I still think Daniel will decide the players that come in, and that isn’t always healthy.”
The fact that Spurs have failed to win a trophy since Levy has been in charge is fully on the chairman’s shoulders. The club had the opportunity to try and push on when they ran Leicester close but decided not to spend any money in two transfer windows which has proven to be very costly.
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