Chris Waddle has revealed that he understands why Harry Kane is seemingly downing tools in an effort to leave Tottenham this summer, insisting that the striker needs to win silverware for the sake of his career.
Kane was due to turn up at Hotspur Way this week after his summer holiday but is yet to report back for pre-season training.
Some sources have revealed that the striker is expected back at the club this weekend and feels the situation has been blown out of proportion.
It has even been suggested that Kane not showing up might be because he is quarantining after returning from holiday.
However, the situation has certainly not endeared the striker to the Tottenham faithful, with the likes of Ramon Vega condemning the 28-year-old’s behaviour and accusing him of being arrogant.
This sentiment has been echoed by former Spurs striker Darren Bent, who accused Kane of disrespecting his teammates and former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who insisted that the striker is risking ruining his relationship with the club’s supporters.
However, Waddle has taken the opposite view, suggesting that it is high time the England captain lifted some silverware.
When asked about Kane’s antics, the former Tottenham winger told the Sunday World: “I understand his frustration. It’s alright setting personal targets and achieving them, but he is England captain and wants to win medals.
“At some point in your career, you look at it and say I was top scorer and got the golden boot and then they’ll say what did you win?
“At the moment he can say he got to the final of a Champions League and a League Cup and we never won it. At the minute, he might be record goal scorer for England and that will be great achievement, but he would want to be part of a team that wins trophies.
“I left Tottenham (in 1989) and went to Marseille and we won the league three years running and got to the Champions League final, French Cup Finals. You want to look back in your career and say I’ve been part of a team which won something.
“Harry’s just turned 28 and he looking and thinking the next four to five seasons are the opportunity for me to win something.
“Tottenham have not really pushed the boat out by making signings that you think they could win the league and Tottenham have always been a selling club.
“Daniel Levy is shrewd in the business side and he will dig his heels in. We don’t want to see it go ugly and Harry Kane downing tools and refusing to play, so hopefully they can sit down and sort it out.
“But Daniel Levy will ask for a lot of money and rightly so. When you look at the market, if you are talking £100m for Jack Grealish, you have to put another £50m on that for Harry Kane.”
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If City had offered £150m for Kane and Tottenham had turned down the offer, one could at least understand why the striker was doing what he was.
However, it is hard to explain why he would put pressure on Spurs when City are yet to make an offer that comes close to his value. I cannot help but feel that the 28-year-old has been advised poorly.
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