Troy Deeney has claimed that Harry Kane may not go down as one of the best strikers in Premier League history if he spends the rest of his career at Tottenham and ends up with no silverware.
There has been plenty of speculation about Kane’s future over recent months and the striker’s admission last week that he will only make a decision on his future after the Euros has added more fuel to the fire.
Some pundits have urged the Tottenham man to seek a move away from the club in the summer if he wants to compete for the biggest honours in the game.
Deeney has stated that while the 27-year-old’s record is up there with the best, his legacy could take a hit due to a lack of silverware.
The Watford man told talkSPORT: “His record is ridiculous, but the way you have to look at it now – what’s his motivation?
“It won’t be financial, as he’s doing alright anyway. Do you want to win trophies?
“If you are going to pick your top five strikers in Premier League history, does he go in that without winning anything?
“I think it’s just that the rest have all won something. You put them on a little more of a pedestal because they’ve been there and done it and led their teams in goalscoring in those years as well.”
Both Manchester clubs are reported to be interested in Kane and Deeney believes that a move to Old Trafford would be a better fit for the Tottenham star.
He added: “For me, he’s one of the best around and best in the business.
“Also the assists now makes him more attractive to say a Man City as he can link the play as well.
“If he went to Man City, would that suit his game? Probably not. I think a Man United suits him well, but it’s going to cost a lot of money.”
Ally McCoist echoed a similar sentiment to Deeney, admitting that Kane’s loyalty to Spurs is admirable but urging the England captain to make a step up in the summer.
When asked if he expects the striker to leave Tottenham at the end of the season. former Rangers boss said: “Yes, because time will be against him after that. It’s a massive period coming up for Harry Kane as well.
“If he can lead England to a fantastic Euros and score a lot of goals, then he’s going to have a real decision to make. Now is maybe his last opportunity to sign for a big club while he’s still at his peak.
“He has had one or two injury problems, that have been well documented.
“There’s nothing wrong with loyalty and nothing wrong with Harry Kane wanting to stay and beat Jimmy Greaves’ record. In fact, it’s very admirable.
“In an ideal world, that would be the situation Harry Kane would like to stay in if they were challenging for the title and playing really well in the Champions League.
“Unfortunately, I can’t see that happening. Harry Kane now has a big decision to make and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him leave.”
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If Kane beats Alan Shearer’s all-time record, which he certainly looks on course to achieve, then he will go down one of the best strikers to ever grace the Premier League irrespective of whether he wins the title or not.
However, if Spurs do find themselves out of the Champions League again next season, the striker could be tempted to jump ship in order to ensure he is competing at the top of the game during the prime years of his career.
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