Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane should have pushed harder for a move to Manchester City this summer, according to Paul Merson.
The Lowdown: Kane stays put
Kane made his intentions clear about leaving the club he has spent his whole career with during the summer, but a move failed to materialise and he remained at Spurs for the time being.
After missing the opening day win over Manchester City, the England captain has featured in every game since but is yet to find the net or assist a goal – his longest run in the league without a goal contribution since the start of the 2015/16 season.
Spurs have lost their previous two games 3-0 to Crystal Palace and Chelsea and Kane’s decision to remain at the N17 club could be a regrettable one.
The Latest: Regrets his decision
Speaking on talkSPORT, former Arsenal midfielder Merson has said he feels Kane may be regretting his decision to remain at the club.
“If you’re Harry Kane, you’re standing up front thinking, ‘Should I have really pushed a little bit harder? Should I have?’
“At the end of the day, you’ve got to think of your future. There’s no point sitting there thinking, ‘I don’t want to be disliked’, ‘I don’t want people to think that I’m ungrateful’ and all that.
“He’s done an unbelievable job for Tottenham. He needed to move on.”
Merson continued: “He’s got to think of his future. This lad deserves to win trophies.
“He’s a phenomenal footballer and I think he should have pushed and pushed to get that move.”
The Verdict: Wasted season if he doesn’t buckle down
Any player who states their desire to leave their current club and then fails to land a move is always bound to struggle to fully commit to the cause – Roy Keane was extremely unimpressed by Kane’s body language on Sunday, and it will be a blip on an otherwise incredible career if the striker does not buckle down for the season.
Kane’s exact reasoning for staying at Tottenham is not known despite the likelihood that he was priced out of a move, with rumours previously swirling about Daniel Levy breaking a gentleman’s agreement between the two. If so, the talisman may well still be frustrated, despite his obvious passion for the club and fans.
For now though, he needs to find his shooting boots again and help bring Spurs out of this rut – there is nothing Lilywhites fans would love more than to see the England skipper firing again and proving Merson wrong in the process.
In other news, this Spurs player is set to be handed a new deal despite agreeing on an extension last summer. Find out more here.
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