‘It’s grossly unfair on Tottenham’; Kane savaged as pundit feels Man City now have alternative plan

Harry Kane of Tottenham

Stan Collymore believes Harry Kane showed ‘disrespect’ to Tottenham with his display against Manchester City and will probably miss out on a big-money move.  

Kane, 28, was back to his best as Spurs beat City 3-2 on Saturday in a thrilling contest at the Etihad. Having lost three consecutive top-flight games, the north Londoners were not expected to cause the champions too much trouble. But Kane’s superb pass set the ball in motion for the first goal early in the match.

And he bagged his first and Spurs second just before the hour mark after Ilkay Gundogan had equalised. In a frantic finish, it seemed as though the Citizens had earned a point when Riyad Mahrez tucked away a penalty.

But five minutes to stoppage time, the England skipper rose to head home the winner. It was a classic Kane goal, as the Walthamstow-born ace muscled his way to the ball and planted an unstoppable header past Ederson.

The former Leicester City loan star has now bagged seven Premier League goals this term and 17 in all competitions. However he has, at times, looked a shadow of his former self.

And former Liverpool striker Collymore feels it is remiss of the hitman to pick and choose when he turns it on.

“It was an exceptional all-round strike performance,” he wrote in The Mirror. “But where has it been all season? Is it grossly unfair on Tottenham and their fans who pay his wages that they don’t see it more.

“How can you be world-class one week, and then be just ok, within yourself, for the previous 20 games?”

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City set sights on Kane alternative

Kane was strongly linked with a move to the Etihad last summer. Indeed, he made it clear that he was ready to move on and wanted a new challenge.

However, the clubs could not agree on a fee and he remained at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. He may well look for a new club at the end of the season.

But Collymore feels Pep Guardiola may now look at a younger forward for his next big-money addition.

“Harry has got two years of being able to score top numbers. He is not the physical presence that Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Cristiano Ronaldo are,” he added.

“But I do wonder if he has missed the boat on a big move. If City win the Champions League this season Pep Guardiola may say actually the reason to sign Harry, that extra push for the European trophy, doesn’t apply anymore.

“Do they want to spend big, and give a five year contract to a man who is 29 before next season, or go for Erling Haaland, who would be at his peak.

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“If it’s Kane or Haaland, they’ll sign Haaland and they’ll be future proofed by it.”

Collymore is a big fan of Kane’s but believes he needs to take a look at himself for the way he has performed in 2021-2022.

“That performance against City, brilliant though it was, showed a disrespect to Spurs for his levels in other games this season,” he concluded.

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