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Kane’s goal records for Tottenham analysed


Harry Kane’s two goals for Tottenham in their 3-1 win against Newcastle not only kept his team’s European hopes alive but they took the England captain past 200 goals for the club. Not bad given that the achievement comes at a time when his form is being questioned.

The noise around Kane has become constant, intensifying as Jose Mourinho has struggled to end the stagnation at Spurs that had preceded Mauricio Pochettino’s departure.

Mourinho even felt compelled to respond to suggestions from Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson that Kane would not find it easy to score goals under the Portuguese.

“I think Harry Kane has no problem at all to score goals in my teams,” Mourinho replied, “especially when he’s fit and fresh and has routines of playing.”

Events at St James’ Park support his argument.

Kane has now scored four goals since the restart. That is more than Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – the reigning golden boot winners. It is the same number as the in-form trio of Jamie Vardy, Danny Ings and Raul Jimenez.


But Kane is judged by higher standards than most – a reputation that he earned by winning back-to-back golden boots of his own and by reaching this 200-goal mark in his 350th game.

Merson is not alone in wondering about the possibility of diminishing returns from the striker who turns 27 later this month.

But what is the truth about his form?

Let’s begin with the goals.

Kane now has 15 of them in the Premier League this season. He needs two more in Tottenham’s remaining two games – against Leicester and Crystal Palace – to match last season’s total and avoid this being his worst return since his breakthrough year.

That number can be explained in part by the injury that has forced him to miss a quarter of Tottenham’s Premier League games this season. But it is not the full explanation.

Examining Kane’s non-penalty goals per 90 minutes is the clearest indication of his potency in front of goal and those numbers suggest that he has been short of his best for a while.


He is averaging 0.49 non-penalty goals per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season – roughly a goal every other full game. That is very similar to last season’s record of 0.48.

Indeed, it is not far below his goal return in winning his first golden boot in 2015/16. Had he stayed fit and scored some penalties, it would easily be enough to take him beyond 20 goals.

But this is well short of the numbers that Kane was posting during his best years between 2016 and 2018 when he was averaging over 0.80 non-penalty goals per 90 minutes. Those are the sort of elite returns that result in 30-goal seasons such as the one in 2017/18.

What is clear is that Kane’s dip since then has little to do with a decline in his finishing ability. Instead, the expected-goals data reveals a similar trend across his career to date.

Kane has outperformed expected goals in each of his six seasons as a Premier League regular. This is indicative of his finishing prowess and no great surprise given his extraordinary ability to strike the ball with power and accuracy from all angles.


The expected-goals data suggests that the reason why Kane has scored at a less impressive rate over the past two seasons is because the quality of chances have not been the same. He remains a wonderful finisher but he is not getting the shooting opportunities as before.

Kane’s shot numbers in his absolute pomp – which was the 2017/18 season according to many of these metrics, a year in which he scored 30 Premier League goals – were remarkable. He averaged more than five shots per 90 minutes across that campaign.

But those shot numbers have halved since then and are at their lowest point in his Premier League career this season. The same is true of his touches in the opposition penalty box.

In fact, Kane had more touches in his own area than Manchester United’s in Tottenham’s first game following the Premier League restart.

Finishing matters but there is no escaping the consequences of these numbers. More touches in the box mean more shots and more shots mean more goals. It is no coincidence that Kane’s numbers on the first of these metrics results in him being down on all three.


Why is it happening? That is a trickier question to answer because there are so many variables. The obvious explanation is that Tottenham are not the team that they were. Even while reaching the Champions League final last season, their form was suffering.

The current Premier League table shows Spurs down in seventh even after back-to-back victories. The conclusion that they are not as good as they once were is an easy one. It follows that this team is not providing Kane with the opportunities that he had before.

Christian Eriksen was a key figure in the team for many years and while his influence waned prior to his departure in January, it is not yet clear that he has been adequately replaced. Giovani Lo Celso has shown signs of filling that void but for now Eriksen is still missed.

The Dane’s importance is highlighted by the fact that he created far more chances than any other Tottenham player in each of his first six seasons with the club. His presence was a valuable source of goals for Kane and he is not the only outlet that the striker has lost.


Kieran Trippier is another who Spurs supporters felt was not delivering as he had before when sold to Atletico Madrid but those crosses from the right were a dangerous weapon.

Mourinho’s system relies heavily on Serge Aurier’s surging runs from right-back but the Frenchman’s open-play crossing accuracy of 15 per cent is less than Trippier’s 24 per cent. Again, there has been a perceptible drop in the quality of service that Kane is receiving.

The more troubling theory for Kane’s biggest admirers is that some of Kane’s declining numbers could be attributed to changes in his own game rather than of his team. Are Kane’s numbers worse because Spurs are worse or are Spurs worse because of Kane’s dip?


It is a conundrum.

In his younger days, Kane’s powerful running up front was a key feature of his game with Pochettino once marvelling at how he ran 13 kilometres in a single match.

Kane’s game has evolved since then, although he is hardly immobile as he approaches his 27th birthday later this month. He covered more ground than anyone on the pitch against United. “I feel as fit as I have probably ever done before,” he said recently.

Perhaps his role for Gareth Southgate with the national team offers a glimpse of his longer-term future – dropping deep to allow the speedy wide forwards to exploit the space. Kane has the vision and passing range for that role but it is not yet clear that is the plan at Spurs.

While his average touch map this compared to his 2017/18 peak shows that he is seeing far less action in the opposition box and doing more work in deeper areas, that has not really resulted in him being more involved in the game. Quite the opposite, in fact.


Midway through the second half of the derby against Arsenal, Kane had enjoyed fewer touches than anyone else on the pitch. He had completed only four passes in the match prior to the second-half water break. The stats show he is touching the ball less than ever.

Mourinho insists that Kane “is fundamental for the team” and he is known to favour a target-man striker who can act as a reference point for attacks. He wants goals from his forward and the two against Newcastle will encourage him that they will continue to flow.

Kane signed a six-year deal with Spurs in the summer of 2018 and supporters will be hoping that many more goals are to come – even if his comments during lockdown won’t go away.

“It all depends what happens with the team and how we progress as a team,” said Kane of his future. “So it’s not a definite I’m going to stay there forever but it’s not a no either.”

That progress is in Mourinho’s hands now but the team’s success remains intertwined with Kane’s own. Tottenham still have an elite striker. The challenge is to ensure that he receives the service that he requires. As the stats show, he cannot scale his past heights without it.

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Harry Kane scores his 200th goal and targets more


Harry Kane scores his 200th goal and targets more


Tottenham striker Harry Kane has vowed to make up for lost time as he targets a second double-century of goals.

The England skipper reached 200 career club goals with his double in a 3-1 Premier League win at Newcastle on Wednesday evening, in the process recording 20 goals in all competitions for the sixth successive season.

However, the 26-year-old is not about to pat himself on the back with two games of the season remaining.

He told Spurs TV: ‘It’s a nice milestone to hit, but as always when I’m told about these milestones, it’s always on to the next 100 or 200.

‘It’s gone quickly – I’ve been a professional now for eight or nine years and it just flies by. In the last couple of years I’ve had a few injuries as well, and they’ve kept me out of quite a lot of games.

‘[20 goals a season] is a nice, consistent level I’d like to keep at and I’m happy to do it again this season. Two more games to go, let’s see how many more we can get.’

More Kane goals against Leicester on Sunday and Crystal Palace next weekend could prove crucial if Spurs are to achieve their aim of Europa League qualification, and he believes they will need to win both matches to do so after following up their derby victory over Arsenal with another success against the Magpies.

Kane said: ‘It’s a massive win. We said before, three games, it has to be three wins if we want to have a shout of the Europa League.


‘It was a difficult game away from home, they’re not an easy team to play against. We probably didn’t have our A-game, but we managed to find a way and we were obviously delighted to come away with the three points.

‘That was a big win in the north London derby, it gave us a load of momentum going into these three final games.

‘Some of the teams have got to play each other around us, so I would imagine two more wins and we should be in the Europa League places. But we can only take care of ourselves and wait to see what happens.’

Son Heung-min opened the scoring at St James’ Park, but the home side were back in it 11 minutes after the restart courtesy of Matt Ritchie’s blistering strike.

However, it was then that Kane took over, heading the visitors back in front on the hour and then helping himself to his 15th league goal of the season at the death.

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‘Getting to know Mourinho, Winning is everything to him’ – Kane


‘Getting to know Mourinho, Winning is everything to him’ – Kane


Harry Kane says winning is “everything” to Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho as Spurs scramble to qualify for European football after an inconsistent season.

The England captain said it had been a disappointing campaign for a club who reached the Champions League final just 12 months ago.

Victory over Arsenal on Sunday kept Spurs, in eighth place, in the hunt for a Europa League place, but they are jostling with a clutch of other clubs for just two spots.

“It would be a real shame if a club like us – especially with the past five or six years we’ve had – to not be playing in Europe,” Kane told BT Sport. “It would be a huge disappointment.

“We know how much it means to the club, fans and the players to be playing in Europe.”


The club’s run to the Champions League final, where they lost to Liverpool, was not enough to save Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked in November after an indifferent start to the season.

Kane spoke of his shock after the Argentine’s dismissal but said he had built up a good relationship with Mourinho, whom he described as a different style of manager.

“Obviously we’ve had a long period where I was out injured doing rehab, having to watch the team from the sidelines and we’ve had a long time to get to know each other with Covid-19,” he said.

“We’ve built up a good relationship and we talk very often.

“He wants to win, he’s here to win. Obviously there are no trophies to play for this season but next season that’s his aim. Everything is about winning and he’s made that clear.”

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Kane is starting to build understanding with Mourinho


Kane is starting to build understanding with Mourinho


Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane says he is developing a good understanding with Jose Mourinho and has backed the team to adapt to the manager’s style for next season.

Mourinho took charge after Mauricio Pochettino was sacked in November and Kane, who recovered from a hamstring tendon issue during the three-month Covid-19 shutdown, said winning was all that mattered to the Portuguese.


“They’re definitely two different styles of manager but it’s been great,” Kane told BT Sport. “We’ve had a long period where I was out injured… having to watch the team from the sidelines and we’ve had time to get to know each other.

“We’ve built up a good relationship and we talk often. Everything is about winning and he’s made that clear.”

Eighth-placed Tottenham face Newcastle United later on Wednesday and still have a chance of grabbing a place in the Europa League.

“It would be a real shame if a club like us – especially with the past five or six years we’ve had – to not be playing in Europe. It would be a huge disappointment,” Kane added.

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Kane strikes to keep Tottenham In Top four


Harry Kane believes he is as fit as he has ever been after netting his first goal of 2020 as Tottenham kick-started their challenge for a Champions League place next season with a 2-0 win over West Ham on Tuesday.

The England captain looked far more like his old self after a laboured performance in his first appearance for six months against Manchester United on Friday, and was rewarded with a goal eight minutes from time.

“I’m in good shape. I’ve been working very hard through my rehab, lockdown and training. I feel as fit as I probably ever have done before,” Kane, who had surgery on a hamstring injury prior to the season’s shutdown due to coronavirus, told NobleSports.

“When you have been out for six months it is just getting that feeling back on the pitch. You can train as much as you want but being out here is totally different.”

Tomas Soucek’s own goal had opened the scoring as West Ham remain precariously poised outside the relegation zone only on goal difference.


But Hammers boss David Moyes was furious the opener was not ruled out for a handball by Davinson Sanchez as he flicked a corner into Soucek’s path.

“I can’t believe they have ruled that as a goal,” said Moyes. “Who is on VAR tonight? He needs subbed I know that. That’s the rules.”

Jose Mourinho’s men were well worthy of a first win in eight games dating back to February.

Victory takes Spurs to within six points of the top four and within one of Manchester United in fifth.

Should Manchester City’s appeal against a two-season ban from European competitions not prove successful, fifth would be good enough to qualify for the 2020/21 Champions League.


“I am happy with the result, the clean sheet, it means the team is more solid, the players have less doubts,” said Mourinho.

In keeping with many of the 14 games since the Premier League’s restart seven days ago, this was another slow burner as Spurs took time to start picking holes in West Ham’s rearguard.

Son Heung-min thought he had broken the deadlock on the stroke of half-time with a smart finish at Lukasz Fabianski’s near post, but the goal was ruled out for offside after a VAR review.

Mourinho launched an impassioned defence of his record of working with world-class strikers on the eve of the game after criticism that his playing style could see Kane look for pastures new.


And Kane had no shortage of opportunities after the break as his near post flick was turned behind by Fabianksi before he fired wide after sprinting the full length of the field as Spurs broke dangerously from a West Ham corner.

“He has been phenomenal in lockdown, he did amazing work at home and he is in the condition to help the team,” added Mourinho.

In between times, Pablo Fornals dragged wide West Ham’s big chance to go in front and aid their battle to beat the drop.

Moyes’s men were undone by one of their own when Soucek unwittingly turned a corner into his own net 26 minutes from time.

Jarrod Bowen smashed a shot against the post as the visitors suddenly had to alter their gameplan of containing Tottenham to look for an equaliser.

But in doing so, they left themselves exposed at the back and Kane timed his run perfectly from a Son pass before coolly slotting past Fabianski and collapsing to the ground in a mixture of relief and exhaustion.

“I probably should have scored one other but it was nice to put that one away,” added Kane.


“As a striker it’s what you want to do. You want to score goals and want to help win the games.”

Earlier, Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel saved Neal Maupay’s penalty in his side’s 0-0 draw with Brighton.

Schmeichel came to Leicester’s rescue when he plunged to his right to stop Maupay’s spot-kick early in the first half at the King Power Stadium.

That was the highlight of a patchy performance from third-placed Leicester in Rodgers’s 50th game in charge.

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At Spurs, Legend Kane Made me ‘Better Striker’ – Lucas Moura



At Spurs, Legend Kane Made me ‘Better Striker’ – Lucas Moura

Tottenham forward Lucas Moura believes Harry Kane should be regarded as a “Premier League legend”, adding that the England captain has improved him as a player throughout his time at the club.


Kane has remained consistently prolific since bursting onto the scene under Tim Sherwood back in 2014, scoring 181 goals in 278 games across all competitions, also leading the club’s Premier League scoring charts with 136.

The two-time Golden Boot winner has now recovered from a surgery-requiring hamstring injury suffered on New Year’s Day and will be fit for the Premier League’s resumption later this month.

And Moura insists his desire to win is infectious.

“For me, Harry Kane is already a legend of the Premier League in England,” Moura told Bleacher Report.

“For me, his quality to score goals is unbelievable, with right and left foot. He’s so strong. He shoots very, very strong.

“If I don’t give my best, it will affect him and he’ll complain about this, so it makes me a better player for Spurs.”



Kane’s departure will bring Oshimen to Tottenham

Victor Osimhen’s agent Ariyo Igbayilola has insisted that the Lille striker will not be joining Tottenham unless Harry Kane leaves the club.


Osimhen has emerged as one of the hottest properties in European football after a superb 2019-20 campaign at Stade Pierre Mauroy.

The 21-year-old joined Lille from Belgian outfit Charleroi last summer, and has since contributed 18 goals and six assists to Lille’s cause in all competitions.

A whole host of top clubs are reportedly lining up to try and sign the Nigeria international when the transfer market reopens, including Spurs and Liverpool.

Igbayilola has confirmed that Lilywhites boss Jose Mourinho has been in contact to discuss Osimhen’s availability, but says Harry Kane’s presence is likely to scupper any potential deal.


The Lille star’s agent told The Cable: “We told Mourinho that if he wants Victor, will Harry Kane be leaving?.

“If Harry Kane is still playing for Tottenham will Victor play? Because he will always be benched for him.

“Kane is their number one striker and he is the captain of England, all these will always work for him in the club but at Victor’s detriment.


“He needs a club where he will always play full games week in, week out. Not to be kept on the bench.”

Kane has also been heavily linked with a summer transfer, after admitting back in March that he would not hesitate to leave Tottenham in order to fulfil his silverware ambitions in the future.

Manchester United has been mooted as possible landing spot for the England international, but he has been training with the rest of Mourinho’s squad this month ahead of the Premier League’s return.


Top-flight officials agreed upon a resumption date of June 17 earlier this week, with the coronavirus-enforced break in the season finally set to draw to a close.

Kane benefitted from the self-isolation period as he worked his way back to full fitness following surgery on a hamstring injury he sustained back in January.

Spurs will need to embark on a strong run to get back into the top four when the action kicks off again, having slipped to eighth in the standings before play was stopped on March 13.



‘He’s in same situation as I was’ – Berbatov urges Kane to join Man Utd


Harry Kane’s “head is not in the right place” at Tottenham, according to Dimitar Berbatov, who has urged the striker to take up the chance to join Manchester United this summer.


Berbatov says he was in exactly the same situation as Kane when he decided to swap Spurs for the Red Devils in 2008, and has advised the talented forward to make the same jump if his head has been turned.

“The final step for me was joining Manchester United and I knew I would be making people disappointed – especially Tottenham fans – but I was following my own path,” The ex-Tottenham and United frontman told the BBC’s Football Daily podcast.

“I knew if I missed that chance another one might not come. This is how it is in football. Sometimes you need to make tough decisions.

“The same situation is happening with Harry Kane at the moment, the exact same. He’s in the same situation as I was in as he has started asking questions and maybe his head is not in the right place.


“My head was not in the right place. It was the same with [Christian] Eriksen. He wasn’t really there in the last couple of games. I watched the games and I saw that his head was not there.

“Kane is in the same situation. If there is any truth in the rumours, it’s in his head, 100 per cent. The lack of trophies is the main problem for players like Kane.

“He’s not getting any younger. He wants to look back and know he won trophies. When I see Spurs play United now, even if on paper Spurs have better players, they still go there with fear.”



‘Serie A would be an excellent league for kane

Christian Vieri has expressed his belief that “La Liga or Serie A will be excellent leagues” for Harry Kane should he decide to complete a move away from Tottenham this summer.

Kane has established himself as one of Europe’s most deadly centre-forwards since breaking into the Spurs first team back in 2014.

The 26-year-old has hit 181 goals in 278 appearances across all competitions for the club, helping them to emerge as regulars in the Premier League’s top four.

However, he is still waiting to win the first major trophy of his professional career, and has admitted that he would be open to a future transfer in order to achieve his silverware ambitions .

Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus and Inter have all been linked with Kane in recent months, with Tottenham reportedly holding out for a fee in excess of £100 million ($125m) for a prized asset.

Vieri says he would have loved to have played alongside the England frontman, who he thinks would be well suited to the Italian top-flight due to his technical ability.

The ex-Inter and Italy striker told the Daily Mail : “He is an exceptional player. I would have played well with him as a partnership. I had the Brazilian Ronaldo, Hernan Crespo, Alessandro Del Piero, Francesco Totti, [Roberto] Baggio. I loved playing with the technicians.

“Kane is not the classic English striker: physically he does not have many muscles like [Romelu] Lukaku but he has dribbling, running, precise and powerful shots. In Italy, someone like him is said to have ‘soft feet’.

“I like Kane very much because he has an unusual technique and quality, he is beautiful to look at. La Liga or Serie A will be excellent leagues for him if he decides to leave London and Tottenham.

“He has no problem playing well in very technical leagues. Kane is not a No.9 like Alan Shearer, who was an idol for me, one of the strongest English strikers in history. But Kane is equally strong.”

Kane has not played since New Year’s Day due to a hamstring injury, which he underwent surgery on back in January.

The Spurs star has since made a full recovery, but has been unable to get back onto the pitch due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has called a temporary halt to the 2019-20 season across all of Europe’s major leagues.


Kane ‘in line for gentleman’s agreement with Spurs over blockbuster transfer’

Tottenham have no intention of selling Harry Kane this summer but are in line to give him the green light to quit next year, Football Insider understands.

The England international, 26, paved the way to leave his boyhood club by revealing in an interview last month that he is “ambitious” and will not remain at Spurs “just for the sake of it”.

A Spurs source has told Football Insider that there is a strong possibility of a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ between Kane and chairman Daniel Levy that would see the superstar remain at the club for one more season ahead of a blockbuster 2021 transfer.

The north Londoners are not looking to cash in on their prize asset in the next transfer window or any time soon.

Given football’s financial chaos a result of the pandemic and a predicted summer market that will see a huge shortfall of cash, it is unlikely any club would be able to meet the £200million asking price for Kane.

Nevertheless, Tottenham are aware of the growing difficulty in keeping hold of the England captain in the long term.

He signed a six-year contract in June 2018 worth up to £200,000-a-week and that runs until 2024.

Spurs do not anticipate him trying to push for a move this summer, or have a realistic chance of securing one.

But the club are aware of the growing noises around Kane, which the player himself encouraged with his bombshell interview with Jamie Redknapp last month.

Kane, who turns 27 in July, has gone further than ever before in suggesting that leaving Tottenham in the near future is a strong possibility.

He has been sidelined since New Year’s Day with a torn hamstring but is expected to be fully fit when the season resumes, which will not be before June.


Tottenham would struggle to replace Harry Kane, says Lucas Moura

Lucas Moura believes Tottenham would struggle to replace Harry Kane if they were to sell the England captain when the current season eventually ends.

Speculation has increased that the striker could leave the club at the end of the campaign, after he refused to rule out a future move away from Tottenham during an Instagram live session with Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.

Kane is Spurs’ third all-time leading scorer and has contributed at least 20 goals in all competitions for each of the five previous seasons.

“It’s hard to speak about the future, about a negotiation because it’s a personal decision. I’m sure that every season Tottenham receive offers for Harry Kane,” said Moura, who joined Spurs in January 2018.

“It’s not me who has to decide, but of course I want to play with him in the next season. I want to stay with him because he’s very important for us and it’s not easy to find a player like him.

“Everyone knows he’s a big player. He’s very important for us, he’s our striker and scores almost every game. I’m sure that Mourinho wants to keep him. He counts on him for the rest of the season as well as for the next one.”


Kane might fancy Real Madrid or Barcelona but not Man Utd, says Redknapp

Harry Kane may “fancy a move” to Real Madrid or Barcelona at some stage, admits Harry Redknapp, but the Tottenham striker is not expected to jump at the chance to join Manchester United.

Redknapp told NobleSports Reliable Source: “Harry Kane is a special player, he’s the best centre forward certainly in the Premier League and of his type, I don’t think there’s a better centre forward anywhere.

“Okay, he’s not [Lionel] Messi, he’s not [Cristiano] Ronaldo, but as a centre-forward that does what he does, there isn’t anyone better.

“He would be a great fit for Man United, he’d be a great fit for any team… but Man United at the moment are not better than Tottenham. I wouldn’t say there’s much between them, both teams are trying to get into the top four.

“Whether Real Madrid or Barcelona came in, he might fancy a move like that one day.

“But at the moment he belongs to Tottenham, and unless Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy decide to will cash in if it’s a crazy offer and rebuild the team with that money, unless Jose says, ‘I’ve got three players here we can sign and build a better team with’, then I’m sure he’ll stay at Tottenham.”

Former United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has spoken on the talk of £200m offers: “Tottenham have paid for their own stadium, it’s been a massive amount, and with the Covid-19 situation, the chips are in the air for everyone.

“If they were offered that money then I’m quite certain that, regardless of what Daniel Levy has said, he would snap Manchester United’s hand off.

“I don’t think Manchester United will go that far in terms of offering that kind of money, especially in the current situation.”


Kane is at the top of the Real Madrid’s shopping list

Zinedine Zidane is reportedly keen on picking up a new forward this summer and the Tottenham striker is at the top of the Frenchman’s shopping list.

Harry Kane is seemingly still an option for Real Madrid.

The LaLiga giants reportedly want to add a forward this close season and are linked with numerous players.

While Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland is believed to be their main target, it appears Kane is an option.

Real Madrid keen to sign Kane
Tottenham forward Kane is still an option for Real Madrid, According to Information gathered by NobleSports from Reliable Sources.

Kane, 26, has been linked with a move away from Spurs previously, having been prolific with the Premier League club.

The England international has scored 17 goals in 25 games this season.


Harry Kane’s Legacy Would Mean Half as Much If He Leaves Tottenham Now

🔊🔊🔊”For a long time my motivation was simply to close my eyes and picture myself scoring against Arsenal in the Premier League. Done that a few times now, and it never gets old. But now, my motivation is a bit different. Now, I close my eyes and I picture myself lifting the Premier League trophy at our new stadium with my mates.”

Those were Harry Kane’s words in February 2018 in an interview with The Players’ Tribune after he scored his 100th Premier League goal for Tottenham.

“We’ve been close the past few seasons, but there’s only one way to close the gap – and I’m afraid it’s quite a boring answer. As my dad would say, we’ve gotta keep working, keep doin’. Keep getting on with it,” he continued.

Kane’s whole career, essentially his whole life, has been driven by proving people wrong, by the desire to be successful with his boyhood club.

He’s never been the most glamorous player. When he was a teenager, he was the everyman player, a generic figure, that guy you saw on the sidewalk on GTA a million times over because he’s a lazy computer generation.

Despite valuing success at Spurs above all else in his career thus far, Kane admitted on an Instagram Live video recently that he would consider leaving Tottenham in search of silverware should the club not continue to push forward. But it feels like that ship has sailed.

The England captain turns 27 in the summer and has had a recent history of serious injuries that have clearly affected his game – he’s slower, he’s weaker, he’s not as prolific, he’s not getting as many shots off, he’s not getting in the right areas to maximise his goalscoring abilities anymore. Kane remains one of the world’s finest forwards, but it’s apparent that he’s entering a new stage of his career, and one that could do without the upheaval of a move away from home comforts.

There was a time for Kane to leave Spurs – when he was scoring as many as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in a calendar year, when he was a back-to-back Golden Boot winner, when he was a trophy win away from being a serious Ballon d’Or contender.

Those days have been and gone.

But most importantly, Kane shouldn’t leave because it would almost be a betrayal to himself and his legacy, completely changing how he’d be remembered. He has the potential to head to Real Madrid or Barcelona or Bayern Munich or whoever and sweep up silverware, but there’d always be that asterisk next to his name – you never did it with Tottenham.

Harry Kane
Kane’s legacy that he’s tried to leave since he became a top striker has been that of the one-club man, remaining supremely loyal to Spurs even when he could have forced a move to any team he liked. Players wanting to leave clubs in search of new challenges isn’t a bad thing, but Kane has set himself up to be more than a normal player. When you wed yourself into the marriage of one club, you can’t just opt out without major repercussions.

He could still break Alan Shearer’s Premier League goals record. He could still break the great Jimmy Greaves’ Spurs goals record.

He could still assume the captaincy from the waning Hugo Lloris and lead the club back to glory. Even several notches down from the best-case scenario, Kane could still retire as Mr Tottenham, the definitive face of his football club.

He’s come too far in his career to back out now – if he stays at Spurs, he’ll at the very least become a club legend there, but leaving would tear the club in two and he’d be just another striker wherever. You never did it with Tottenham.

Harry Kane
Would a player with the almost unusual sentiment in the modern day of Kane rather live with the regret of not leaving to try and win elsewhere, or the regret that he never could break Spurs’ duck?


Mourinho set to place high bid for moussa dembele as to decline chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho is set to hijack the bid of Frank Lampard’s Chelsea to sign 23-year-old forward, Moussa Dembele from Lyon, according to Goal.

Mourinho has been attracted to Dembele because of his excellent goalscoring record for his French Ligue 1 club.

Dembele has drawn interest from Lampard over the past few days.

Chelsea are set to offer striker, Olivier Giroud and cash to Lille in a bid to sign Dembele in this January’s transfer window.

The Blues have reportedly agreed on personal terms with Dembele to move to Stamford Bridge this month.

But Mourinho is keen to strengthen his attacking options after his number one striker, Harry Kane sustained a hamstring injury on his left leg that will keep him out of action until April.

Kane, who has eleven Premier League goals so far this term, limped off during their 1-0 defeat in the Premier League at Southampton on New Year’s Day.

Dembele has scored 13 goals for Lyon so far this season but the club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas said this week that Dembele was not for sale this month.

Tottenham Hotspurs’ Manager, Jose Mourinho

“Moussa Dembele will not leave because he wants to stay to win something with Lyon,” Aulas said

“There have been offers for him and for other players but none of those that we want to keep will leave in January.”


2-1: Tottenham revenge Chelsea’s win as they home trash Brighton.

Dele Alli got Tottenham back on track as the England midfielder capped a gritty escape act with the late winner in Thursday’s 2-1 victory against Brighton.

Jose Mourinho’s side were in danger of a second successive Premier League defeat when Adam Webster headed Brighton into a shock lead at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

But Harry Kane equalised after the interval and Alli finished off a flowing Tottenham move in the closing stages to erase the bitter taste of last weekend’s acrimonious London derby loss to Chelsea.

Avenging their defeat at Brighton in October, Tottenham, unbeaten in Boxing Day fixtures since 2003, have won three of their last four league games as they try to climb into the top four.

That Chelsea setback was completely overshadowed by the alleged racist abuse of Blues defender Antonio Rudiger by Tottenham fans after his role in Son Heung-min’s red card.

Amid widespread calls for stronger action to stamp out racism in football, Tottenham fans appeared to behave better this time.

Initially, there were worrying signs for Mourinho on the field however as Steven Alzate escaped Moussa Sissoko, making space for a low strike that drifted just wide.

Since Mourinho’s first game in charge of Tottenham, no Premier League team had conceded more goals than the 14 his side allowed across all competitions heading into this round of matches.

Those defensive frailties were on display when Alzate lost his marker and forced Paulo Gazzaniga into a sprawling save, while Aaron Mooy went close from the edge of the area.

Kane has a knack of scoring on Boxing Day and the Tottenham striker thought he had netted again when he fired home from Winks’ pass, but the goal went to a VAR review and was ruled out by the narrowest of offside decisions.

Clinical Kane
Brighton made the most of that let-off to take the lead in the 37th minute.

Pascal Gross swung over a free-kick and Webster rose above Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez to plant a powerful header past Gazzaniga for his third goal of the season.

Mourinho must have been furious that Tottenham wilted against such a simple set-piece and his team’s record of one clean-sheet in his nine matches suggests a defender could be high on his January shopping list.

Underlining the urgency to address that problem area, Brighton’s Bernardo forced Gazzaniga to save from a corner moments later to the audible frustration of the Tottenham crowd on a dank, wet day in north London.

Mourinho, standing rain-soaked on the touchline, revealed before the game that his Christmas was ruined by the death of his family’s pet Yorkshire Terrier.

But Kane put a smile back on his manager’s face in the 53rd minute when he seized on a deflection off Lucas Moura after the Brazilian’s determined run.

Drilling a shot that Mat Ryan could only push back out, Kane gobbled up the rebound with a clinical finish for his eighth goals in five Premier League games on Boxing Day.

Kane’s 16th club goal this season was not immediately a catalyst for a Tottenham surge and Gazzaniga had to be alert to keep out Gross’s fierce free-kick.

But Mourinho made a significant switch when he sent on Christian Eriksen for Harry Winks, who moments before was lucky to escape a red card for a foul when he had already been booked.

Eriksen made an immediate impact in the 72nd minute when he floated a delicate pass to Serge Aurier who flicked the ball into the path of Alli, who guided a superb lofted finish over Ryan.