Former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov says that Harry Kane is facing the same predicament this summer as he did in 2008.
Kane has become one of the world’s most deadly and consistent strikers in his several seasons at Spurs. He has netted 164 Premier League goals and could well beat Alan Shearer’s record of 260 if he carries on. However, he has reached an important career crossroads as he approaches his 28th birthday.
Despite him approaching the peak of his powers, he has yet to win any major trophies.
While he has stayed loyal to Tottenham amid near-misses with the Champions League and Premier League, this summer could present new challenges; he will reportedly look to leave if Spurs fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Spurs sit in sixth and face a battle to finish in the top four. They can, however, finish the campaign with a trophy by beating Manchester City in Sunday’s EFL Cup final.
As such, he faces a similar predicament to Berbatov, who won the same competition with Spurs in 2008 – the club’s last silverware – before opting to move to Manchester United.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Berbatov insisted that he sees a mirror image with Kane’s situation. He added that a dramatic change could be on the cards if Kane picks up a winners’ medal at Wembley.
“I was thinking about my own success, my personal path in football because me, coming from a small country, I always wanted my whole career to play for one club like [Paolo] Maldini, like [Ryan] Giggs,” the Bulgarian said.
“But it was never going to happen for me because I come from Bulgaria, so to end up in England, then chase my dream was a dream come true for me.
“And then when you hear that one of the biggest clubs wants you after you’ve tasted the success of winning a trophy, let me tell you something, things change dramatically. Because you think, ‘this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to win more, so I’m not going to miss it’.
“I knew I would disappoint some people, some people would be angry but, in the end, this is my own path, my own success story, so I needed to write it in my own way.
“That’s why I took that decision and, probably, we’ll see it happen again soon because Harry Kane is in my position now where I was before. It’s difficult, it’s stressful, a lot of questions in your head, but in the end I needed to write my own story in football.”
Berbatov made headlines by moving across England on transfer deadline day in the summer of 2008.
After a long-winded transfer saga in which Manchester City almost hijacked the deal, the striker moved to Old Trafford.
Kane injury update ahead of final
Despite Kane potentially picking up a winners’ medal on Sunday, he may not play a part in the final.
He did not train on Friday, with interim head coach Ryan Mason insisting that he will take the situation “hour by hour”.
Spurs faced a similar predicament for the 2019 Champions League final, with Kane eventually starting against Liverpool – but to no great effect.