Harry Kane should push for a move away from Tottenham if they fail to end their trophy drought or miss out on a top-four finish this season, according to former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness. The 28-year-old has established himself as one of the most prolific strikers in world football during his time at Spurs, averaging a goal every 1.5 games since making his first-team debut in 2011.
Recent speculation over Kane’s future has suggested that he could call time on his career in north London to seek silverware with another club.
Manchester City, who will face Spurs in next month’s Carabao Cup final, have been tipped as a potential destination with Sergio Aguero likely to leave at the end of the season.
Pep Guardiola’s side were linked with a surprise move for Kane during the January transfer window, and could make an approach for his services in the summer with a world-class replacement needed to fill Aguero’s boots.
Souness believes that it may soon be too late for Kane to pursue a new challenge, with the striker currently in the form of his life and running out of time to cement a trophy-laden legacy.
He has claimed that the Spurs star should give up on being patient with his current employers and make a fresh start elsewhere, as he has the ability to thrive at any club on the planet.
“If they fail to do so [reach the top four] or if they fail to pick up silverware, i.e. beat Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final next month, then Kane should be having a word with his agent about new employment,” Souness told The Times.
“Even if they beat City, he might still want to think about leaving. He turns 28 in the summer, and time is running out for Spurs to deliver collectively on what his individual efforts deserve. And those individual efforts have been world class.
“Unlike some in the punditry profession, great is not a term I confer lightly on footballers but Kane has the right to be called that.
“Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Manchester City — he would walk into the starting line-up of any of those teams. The window of opportunity to do so while in his prime is not big.”
Kane has never won major honours with Tottenham, with the club’s last triumph a League Cup win 13 years ago.
It remains to be seen whether Spurs would allow him to leave at the end of the season, with the striker under contract until the summer of 2024.
The scale of the England star’s influence was highlighted when he was sidelined for a brief period after picking up two ankle injuries against Liverpool in January, with his absence reflected by a sharp downturn in form.
Spurs only managed to score once in two-and-a-half matches without him on the pitch, before he made an immediate impact upon returning by finding the net in a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.
Since coming back into the fold Kane has played every minute of Premier League football, helping to stabilise the club’s form and renew their faint hopes of a top-four finish.
He will be looking to lead the charge once again on Sunday afternoon when Spurs take on bitter rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.