It’s perhaps telling that the vast majority of Tottenham supporters can fully understand exactly why Harry Kane may want to leave their football club. Spurs seem to be going nowhere under Jose Mourinho, who promised to deliver trophies in north London and vowed to make Kane “explode” under his leadership when replacing Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019. Instead, the lack of progress and direction seems to be pushing their star man even closer to the exit door.
For the Spurs hierarchy, Kane leaving the club is an unthinkable proposition. It’s something simply not worth considering.
If Tottenham are lacklustre and below par now, just imagine where they’d be without top scorer and top assister Kane.
Nonetheless, Spurs cannot avoid the inevitable and should they fail to win the League Cup and qualify for the top-four, Kane looks likely to request a transfer.
Even if they do end the season with silverware, does Kane even hold the Carabao Cup in high regard? Granted, it’s a trophy at least.
That is what he told Thierry Henry he wanted to win four years ago in 2017 and he even put a timeframe on his ambitions.
Spurs have come close of course. They lost the 2015 League Cup final to Chelsea, the 2017 FA Cup semi-final to Chelsea and the 2019 Champions League final to Liverpool.
But ultimately, they have failed and when you’re a world-class player like Kane there’s only so long you can stand for it.
The warning signs that Kane may push for an exit were also there just over a year ago, in an interview with Jamie Redknapp.
“I love Spurs, I’ll always love Spurs but I’ve always said if I don’t feel we’re progressing as a team or going in the right direction, I’m not someone to stay there for the sake of it,” Kane said.
“I’m an ambitious player, I want to improve, get better and become one of the top, top players.
“It all depends on what happens as a team and how we progress as a team.
“So it’s not a definite I’m going to stay there forever, but it’s not a no either.”
Unless they end the season on a high, Spurs have arguably regressed.
Kane deserved to be playing in the Champions League and challenging for major honours and as things stand, Manchester City and Manchester United would be able to provide him with that.
Whether they have the kind of money it would take to sign the 27-year-old is another question though but Tottenham cannot say they haven’t been warned, should Kane be willing to turn his back on the club he loves so dearly…