Harry Kane could also walk out the door if Antonio Conte leaves Tottenham Hotspur, with an expert predicting money will also be a factor.
Kane appears to be back to his best after a tough first half of the season. He scored a brace against Manchester City – who tried to sign him in the summer – last weekend, before drawing against Burnley in midweek but returning to the scoresheet and adding an assist against Leeds United on Saturday.
The England captain is now rediscovering the kind of form that made Man City want him. As such, the transfer rumors will continue to linger.
Kane is out of contract with Tottenham in 2024. We get the feeling that City could be joined by rivals Manchester United in their pursuit in the future.
But Spurs will continue to rely on Kane, hoping they can do so for years to come. It all depends on who the manager is though.
That’s according to pundit Danny Mills, who hasn’t noticed any major improvements under Conte and believes if the Italian leaves it could be the final straw for Kane.
The mills said Football Insider: “He did well on Wednesday [against Burnley]but he was not quite on the same level as against Man City.
“He didn’t look too threatening and he wasn’t up against world-class defenders. The team needed to help him out and play a bit better too, but even still, a lot is expected more of him.
“It’s going to come down to money with his future. But if Conte leaves, that’s it – he’ll be desperate to leave.
“He probably thought Conte was going to make a massive improvement, but that didn’t quite happen. The manager starts coming out and saying ‘I can’t take it anymore.’
“You just start thinking – is the manager the problem? Or is it the players?
Future tale in doubt
Conte said after the loss to Burnley that he wasn’t sure he was up to the task of turning Tottenham around. He stayed on for the subsequent win over Leeds but there are fears he could step down this summer.
The former Chelsea manager is only contracted until the end of next season but some believe he could end his involvement with the club a year early. It remains to be seen whether this would have any implications for Kane’s future.
The 28-year-old is believed to be happy to work under Conte but has yet to make a firm commitment on his long-term future. Reports have indicated that it will also be waiting to see what the club’s transfer approach will be in summer.
Kane has spent his entire professional career as a Tottenham player, only going on a few formative loan spells as a youth.
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While Kane wasn’t on the same level against Burnley, he was certainly at his best against Leeds.
speaking on BT Sportscoverage of Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Los Blancos, Rio Ferdinand and Peter Crouch drooled over Kane’s Elland Road exhibition.
Ferdinand said of his assist: “We were sitting here, me and Peter, ‘playing, playing’. You don’t say that often and the execution is as exquisite as that.
Crouch added: “There’s a lot of factors that aren’t there… there’s the vision, but then the execution of the pass. Part of his passing today was, Rio said, a clinic absolute.
“Son [Heung-min] thus, absolutely devastating. Once he runs behind, you just know. He takes it on his thigh and a nice finish.
Ferdinand remarked that there aren’t “many more partnerships you like to watch when they’re in song”. He said Kane is a “joy to watch” due to his ability to pass from “any distance”.
In fact, he compared the England star to former Manchester United man Mark Hughes.
“The movement of the Son. When he comes in, Son, he [Kane] pinned the defender once in the first or second half. It was like Mark Hughes was rolling back the years,” Ferdinand said.
“[He] receded, bang, it is [Son’s] faded away. It was awesome to watch.
Crouch added: “We were talking about how devastating Kane is from the depths. When Son is highest, when he’s got his back to goal, he’s like Mark Hughes. He just takes it on his thigh, he sweeps it wide, his holdup game was fantastic, he changed defenders and he can run behind too.
Crouch concluded: “He had his criticism early in the season, and rightly so.
“He wasn’t there for some reason, but this second half of the season, certainly the game against City and the game today as well, is absolutely amazing.”
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