Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan believes Harry Kane may not be totally committed to Tottenham despite remaining at the club after a summer full of transfer speculation.
Kane committed his immediate future with Spurs last month, putting an end to the non-stop talk of a transfer to reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.
The 28-year-old marked his first start of the season with two goals in the Europa Conference League win over Pacos de Ferreira, before playing 90 minutes in Spurs’ 1-0 win against Watford on Sunday.
Although Kane’s statement on social media stated his intentions to remain ‘100 per cent committed’ under Nuno Espirito Santo, former Leeds forward Whelan is not so convinced that relations between the player and club will be the same.
The pundit believes that while Kane’s decision reflects his professionalism, his actions over seeking an exit this summer may leave a sour after-taste.
Whelan told Football Insider: “I don’t think Kane really had an option. He’s come out and said he’s happy to stay, he is now because the move never materialised.
“Daniel Levy was asking for too much money and Man City were never going to pay it.
“There was a stalemate and they had no options. He probably is happy to stay at Tottenham but is he 100%?
“No, he can’t be, he asked to leave. It’s not going to happen so he has to knuckle down and work hard. He showed his professionalism the other night by scoring the goals.
“He won’t sulk or spit his dummy out, he’s not that player. Kane wanted the move, it didn’t happen, now it’s down to business with Tottenham.
“He might be the player who pushes Spurs towards that top four again.
“At the end of the day, Kane is a Tottenham player. But, at the end of the season will fans see this saga again? Quite probably.”
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Now that the season is fully underway and Kane has confirmed his status at Spurs, the side can finally focus entirely on the campaign at hand, which they may not have been able to do prior.
Kane will likely still have to work his way back into the hearts of some fans, though, who will stand by the statement of the badge being bigger than any name on the back of the shirt.
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