Dejan Kulusevski has admitted that he and his Tottenham teammates expected Harry Kane to stay and remarked that the attacking players need to chip with more goals to make up for the striker’s departure.
While Kane had been linked with a move to Bayern since the start of the summer, it appeared at one point as if the deal might not go through since the German club were still some way short of Tottenham’s valuation of the striker (Guardian).
However, Bayern and Spurs did manage to strike a deal for the England captain just before the start of the new campaign, with some sources (such as Football.London’s Alasdair Gold,) claiming that the fee could rise to as much as £120m if certain add-ons are met.
Despite the widespread worry about where the goals were going to come from following the 30-year-old’s departure, Tottenham have had no problem finding the back of the net so far, having scored 11 goals in their first four league matches.
Kulusevski was expecting to see Kane stay at Spurs
Kulusevski admitted that the attacking players at the club would have to raise their game and chip in with goals throughout the campaign.
When asked about Kane’s departure, the Swede told Fotbollskanalen: “That’s life. Life goes on. Everyone changes jobs sometimes, you change teams. He was a champion. We all learned a lot from him.
“We thought he would stay, but then on the last day he went to another team, and we wish him all the best in Bayern. He’s off to a strong start and will surely do well there. We lose 30 goals a season, but we all have to score more goals, and we’ve started well.”
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There was a section of Spurs fans on social media who were suggesting that we would have been in a relegation battle without Kane’s goals last season, which is an utterly ridiculous way to look at football. Without Kane, others such as Son and Kulusevski would have undoubtedly chipped in with more goals.
In fact, it can be argued that some of Tottenham’s attacking players were playing a little within themselves and looking for Kane to bail them out on every occasion, which contributed to their struggles last season. With the striker now having gone, they are now evidently taking up more responsibility to make a difference in the final third.
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