Martin Jol has told TalkSPORT that “the grass is not greener on the other side” regarding the idea of Harry Kane departing Tottenham.
Spurs have come under fire this season for their poor play, and that was only exacerbated after a 7-2 drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich.
The Lilywhites have now dropped five of six points in the Champions League group stage, and have won just three of seven Premier League matches, as well as being knocked out of the Carabao Cup on penalties versus Colchester City.
This has led to questions over whether Spurs top players should stick around. Rio Ferdinand, the former Manchester United defender, implied Kane should move on to win trophies (BT Sport).
However, the former Tottenham manager Jol has had his say on the matter. Speaking to TalkSPORT, Jol said: “To influence him a bit I would say the grass is not greener on the other side. I think Harry Kane is on a very good contract, and he is a Spurs boy. But the only thing is they are not winning anything.”
Christian Eriksen was on the bench from the start against Bayern, but Jol believes Pochettino should play his “strongest team” regardless of any contract situations.
On Eriksen, Jol said: “There must be a problem because how good Spurs they over the past couple of seasons – they were unbelievable.
“If Christian Eriksen is on the bench you know you’ve got a problem. I know Christian as he made his debut with me at Ajax, and he is the engine… he is probably their best player.
“If you look at their style, Dele Alli is always playing well when Christian is there because he gives him the passes.
“They stretch defences with Kane, Son and Alli doing it, but if Christian is not there it won’t happen.
“I don’t know what happened; I think he wants to go.
“I said to Daniel a couple of months ago when we were at the Ajax game in Amsterdam, ‘you should keep him!’
“But if he doesn’t want to stay you have to get on with the job with a new team with [Giovani] Lo Celso and hopefully he is the guy who can do that.
“I would play Christian all the time, even if he is going, because I want to play my strongest team.”
Mauricio Pochettino spoke over the summer of a painful rebuild (Standard), and that moving into the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would begin a new chapter.
Jol agreed, saying: “You have to take it on the chin. I said to my missus that they had finished a honeymoon, it was a pretty long honeymoon of four years. They did ever so well. But now they must start again.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
Kane has a deep-rooted connection with Tottenham Hotspur, and it is apparent he wants to achieve glory with his boyhood side. Spurs have taken their lumps in 2019, but the season is young and there’s plenty of time to make good on this year. As long as Pochettino manages the club, it is hard to see Kane jumping ship on the only club he’s ever known.
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