The Tottenham Hotspur fans have been in buoyant mood in the Transfer Tavern of late due to their side’s excellent form both domestically and in Europe.
Tottenham Hotspur took another step towards securing their qualification for the Champions League on Sunday afternoon as Harry Kane headed home a late winner at Selhurst Park to help The Lilywhites move into fourth place for the first time since mid-December. Kane once again demonstrated his importance to the club with his 35th goal of the season in all-competitions, but the resident Lilywhites propping up our bar are concerned that his form will encourage offers to arrive from rival clubs in the summer.
The fears of our punters would undoubtedly be eased if Spurs are successful in winning either the FA Cup or the Champions League this season. However, regardless of whether Spurs win a trophy this season or not, it’s clear that some pressure needs to be taken off Kane’s shoulders with the acquisition of another prolific attacking talent, as Fernando Llorente has done little to prove he is worthy of playing second-fiddle to Tottenham’s prize possession.
According to The Sun, Tottenham are in the market for a new striker who they believe has the potential to emulate Kane’s achievements at the club, namely David Brooks of Sheffield United. The report also claims that the clubs scouts have been following the progress of other players within his age group, but that Brooks emerged as the player with the greatest potential.
Replacing Harry Kane would undoubtedly recognise an impossible task, as there is nobody quite like him in world football at this moment in time, so entrusting a youngster with no experience in the top-flight to step into the club and become anything close to the player Kane is, represents a foolish decision to say the least.
If Spurs want to persuade Kane to remain at the club, they should be proving their ambition by aiming to sign players with a proven track record at the highest reaches of the game in European football, not unproven talent from the second tier of English football. Tottenham’s progress under Pochettino owes a great debt to Kane’s overall contribution to the first-team, and if Daniel Levy and the rest of the clubs hierarchy want that progress to continue, they will need to abandon their pursuit of Brooks.