Pundit compares Spurs star’s predicament with two former Arsenal players

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Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas has compared Harry Kane’s current predicament to that of Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie and suggested that the Spurs striker might also eventually leave like the former Gunners duo.

There has been plenty of speculation over Kane’s future in recent weeks after he claimed during an interview with Jamie Redknapp that he would not rule out departing North London in the future if the club fail to match his ambitions (Sky Sports).

The striker is said to be on Manchester United’s radar (Bleacher Report) but reports have suggested that Spurs have no intention to sell him this summer (Football.London).

Nicholas believes that the England captain’s ambition will force him to eventually leave Spurs just like Fabregas and Van Persie did in the other half of North Lonson.

When asked if Kane could leave Spurs, he told Sky Sports: “Of course he could. The world is changing and football as much as any other business.

“I thought it was a really good, open, honest interview with Jamie [Redknapp] and Kane [on Instagram two weeks ago] and I think it’s always come across that as much as Kane loves Spurs, he’s ambitious and ambitious players do this.

“At Arsenal in the past, we’ve had Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie, who was the more relevant one, where, yes, there was more money at Manchester United, but he went there and won the title and that’s how people can look at different things.

“Kane said in that interview with Jamie ‘I want to be the best, I want to improve’ and Spurs have been dipping and going in the wrong direction.

“Kane, through his injuries and everything else, has probably had a bit of time to reflect and see that Mauricio Pochettino has gone, Jose Mourinho is in and what difference does that make?

“The stadium doesn’t make a difference to Kane, as good as it can be, and it’s about ambition, what you wish for and what you want to be yourself.

“I think that came across wholeheartedly to say ‘I’m not seeking to move from Spurs but if the right offer and right thing comes in, I will listen to it and I will consider it’, which is fair.”

However, the pundit suggested that signing the Spurs striker will not be enough to carry the Red Devils to the Premier League title and that they needed more signings in order to close the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City.

Nicholas added: “I still think they’ve got a little bit more to do. Looking at the catch up to Manchester City and Liverpool, there is quite a considerable gap to get close.

“We’ve seen Frank Lampard and Chelsea kind of threaten it early in the campaign, but these two for me are quite a bit ahead of the rest.

“I heard Gary Neville on The Football Show this morning talk about the spine of the team with Harry Maguire at the back, then the midfield with Bruno Fernandes doing well and Kane up front, but I think there are many other positions that need fixing at Manchester United before they would threaten to get there.

“They would get closer, Harry Kane would guarantee them goals, but I do think that Manchester United are a team that score goals anyway. He would add to it, no doubt about that, but I still think they would need a couple of players in there to be seriously challenging for the title.”

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The major difference between Robin Van Persie’s situation and Kane’s is the fact that Manchester United are nowhere near the force they once were. While Van Persie was more or less guaranteed to win the title at Old Trafford, Kane arguably has as good a chance of winning major trophies at Spurs as he does at United.

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