It goes without saying that Harry Kane is irreplaceable for Tottenham, both in a sporting sense and in an emotional one.
A local boy who bleeds Lilywhite, Kane’s eye watering goal tallies, his knack for turning up in a London derby, and his unwavering commitment to the badge are impossible to quantify.
Regardless of what transpires this summer, he will go down among the finest players to ever pull on the shirt and his impact could never truly be replaced, much less by one single player.
Should Tottenham fail to win the League Cup final at the end of the month and once again miss out on the Champions League, Spurs may have to face the possibility, as unlikely as it may seem, of losing their talisman.
While no Spurs fan will want to entertain the notion of losing Harry, it may be worth reviewing some of the replacement options.
Of course, much of the club’s transfer strategy will depend on who the manager is come the beginning of July, and whether there is European football on offer.
Sergio Aguero – What better way to replace Harry Kane than with the only active player who has scored more Premier League goals?
Already a legend of the game, Sergio Aguero is leaving Manchester City as a free agent at the end of the season and despite reported interest from Barcelona, may be keen to remain in England (Daily Mail).
With the rest of the top English sides chasing younger, big money options, this may be more practical than meets the eye.
Paulo Dybala – Spurs have been linked with the mercurial Argentine for a couple of seasons now, and a vacancy at center forward and substantially inflated transfer budget could finally bring La Joya to N17 (Calciomercato).
Dybala may be the most like-for-like replacement on this list, due to his frequent involvement in Juventus’ build up play. Much like Harry Kane, Dybala is more than just a goal scorer, as he brings an excellent range of passing, flawless technique, and an eye for a free kick (something sorely lacking in the current squad).
Danny Ings – Danny Ings has been linked with Tottenham of late, but he reportedly has no desire to play second fiddle to one of the best strikers in the world (Football.London).
He may not be as flashy as some of the ‘sexier’ options from the continent but, with 52 Premier League goals over the last 6 seasons (Transfermarkt), would provide great value and would allow the club to allocate more funds into giving our back line a much needed overhaul.
Alexander Isak – Alexander Isak is the youngest player on this list by some distance at the tender age of 21. Despite his age, Isak has been capped for his home country of Sweden 20 times, with 5 international goals to boot.
After an underwhelming stint at Borussia Dortmund as a teenager, the young Swede has settled in at Real Sociedad, scoring 13 times in La Liga so far this season (Transfermarkt).
While he may not be the player to immediately replace Harry Kane, Isak has the potential to be a world beater down the line and Spurs could do worse than to bring in the talented forward.
Spurs Web Opinion:
If the unthinkable happens, and Kane does depart, it is essential that those funds are spent on at least one player of immense quality, but it is likely that multiple players would be needed to fill that void. Bringing in Paulo Dybala feels like the bare minimum, and adding a player with a proven track record in England would do.
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