Harry Kane urged to make ‘big decision’ as Steven Gerrard questions validity of Tottenham pull for record-breaking striker
Steven Gerrard believes Harry Kane is at a crossroads in his career and is unsure whether loyalty to Tottenham will come before ambition.
Kane, 29, was on target once again as England beat Ukraine 2-0 at Wembley on Sunday. That took his tally of England goals to 55 and extended his record as the Three Lions most prolific scorer. Bukayo Saka scored the other goal as Gareth Southgate’s men made it two wins from two European Championship qualifiers.
Kane will now return to his club as Spurs continue their efforts to secure a top-four finish.
Much will depend on the England captain who has bagged 21 goals from 28 top-flight appearances this term. But his future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium beyond this season is in doubt.
Manchester United have been strongly linked with a move for the prolific marksman. And Bayern Munich are also thought to be keen.
Gerrard recently suggested that it might be time for Kane to move on. And he believes that the forward might need to seek a new challenge if he wants to win trophies during his career.
“Listen, I don’t want to open a can of worms, he’s got a big decision to make career-wise,” he told Channel 4.
“I’ve been there myself where you’re thinking is my team good enough to get me the medals? Am I going to get out of my career what I want to get?”
Gerrard sees no reason for Kane to stay
Kane has been with Spurs all his professional career. He enjoyed four loan stints early on but has remained loyal to the north Londoners after becoming a first-team regular.
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The Spurs fans regularly sing about Kane being ‘one of their own’. However, Gerrard has questioned whether the man born in Walthamstow is really that connected to the club.
“It’s different for me because I grew up a Liverpool fan from the city, all my family were Liverpool fans, and I knew winning one trophy more with Liverpool would have meant a lot more to me than being anywhere else,” he added.
“He’s not from Tottenham, he’s not been through Tottenham all the time, he’s got a big decision to make.
“I can’t give him any advice on that but I bet you every single day of his life now moving forward it’s going to be on his mind.”
Kane made it clear he wanted to leave Tottenham in the summer of 2021. However, it appeared as though the ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ he had with chairman Daniel Levy held little weight.
Manchester City were prepared to pay around £125m for the man with 82 England caps. But he was not allowed to leave.
He remains a top-class striker and still has much to give. But with his contract due to expire in the summer of 2024, it may be time for a parting of the ways.
Former England midfielder Joe Cole echoed Gerrard’s thoughts, suggesting Kane deserves to win medals.
“I just think it would be a travesty if he finishes his career without winning a trophy because he’s one of the all-time greats in this country, that’s for sure,” he said.
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