Opinion: Why the best move for Harry Kane’s career is staying at Spurs

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Every year without fail, media outlets try their best to link Spurs superstar Harry Kane with a move away from his boyhood club.

Kane has been at Tottenham since 2004, having been released from the Arsenal academy. Spurs scouts had been impressed with Kane whilst he was on trial with Watford and deciding to bring him into the academy at just 11 years old (Goal).

Nearly 17 years later, Kane is well on route to becoming our greatest ever player. He has recorded 210 goals and 44 assists in 321 appearances in professional games for Spurs.

He is the club’s second-highest goal scorer and is well on his way to breaking Alan Shearer’s record, for most goals scored in the Premier League era (260).

This alone provides motivation for Kane to remain at Spurs during the peak years of his career. 27 is seen as the ‘prime time’ for an elite forward and Kane is firing on all cylinders this season.

Having already recorded 14 goals and 11 assists in the league this season, news outlets are once again on a quest to materialise a transfer for the talisman.

Unsurprisingly, the argument will be made that Kane deserves to win trophies, but why does that mean he cannot do it at the club closest to his heart?

Whilst Spurs’ league form this season has been borderline abysmal, we find ourselves in a favourable position in two cup competitions.

Spurs have a seemingly impossible task of trying to beat Manchester City in the Carabao cup final at the end of April. However, I would never rule Jose Mourinho out of winning any final he is in, even if it is against the best team in Europe right now.

By winning this trophy, takes the pressure off Kane and his quest for silverware. Yes, it is not the most prestigious competition in the world or even England, but a winner’s medal is a winner’s medal.

Continuously, Tottenham have managed to avoid the bigger teams as we progress into the Round of 16 of the Europa League. It is understood that Kane is happy to play for Spurs if they are challenging for trophies. If this is the case, he will be happy to progress further in the Europa League, and perhaps go on to win it.

This would quench his thirst for Champions League football next season, as the winners get automatic qualification.

Another reason why Kane should remain at Spurs is the oncoming development and breakthroughs of academy and loan talent at the club.

With the likes of Oliver Skipp and Dane Scarlett demonstrating their abilities through the respective opportunities they are given, there could be an opportunity to play with Harry Kane in the not-so-distant future.

Examples like Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka, and Mason Greenwood all beginning to thrive and integrate into the first teams of their clubs, Kane may be looking at the talent within the club and pondering whether they could help to elevate his game further.

As well as this, Kane has already participated in a final on the grandest stage. Despite picking up a runners-up medal in the Champions League in 2019, Kane now knows what it takes both to get to a final and what extra is needed to win one.

As this is the case, Kane will be extremely motivated to go that one step further with Tottenham, he will be keen to break that 13-year streak without a trophy.

Interestingly, Kane may not be motivated to leave the Premier League, many footballers describe the Premier League as the best in the world, therefore, why would Kane want to leave, why start a clean slate when he can build a legacy at a club he already adores?

Finally, the impact of Covid-19 has meant that funds are limited to a lot of clubs in Europe. This prevents the options available to Spurs’ number 10.

It seems that the best option available to Kane is to stay put for now. He already has a reputation as one of the best strikers in the world.

Therefore, as long as he gets a trophy under his belt, this season or next, his career can still be remembered for its concrete achievements, rather than chasing records and stats.

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