Jermaine Jenas believes that Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane deserves his move to the club, and has also praised Spurs’ recent rise in form.
Why Kane deserved move & how Spurs have bounced back from turbulent summer – Jermaine Jenas.
In his first league start of the season against Watford, I felt Harry Kane did well for Tottenham.
I felt he was a little enraged at times, picking up a booking right before halftime, but it might simply be a response to what was going on on the field and how the referee, Andre Marriner, was managing the game.
But in terms of contributing to the team, connecting play, and attempting to score, it was a good enough performance from a deeper position, which he can play with Tottenham’s runners and mobility.
Both full-backs advanced, Dele Alli was coming in from the flanks, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s passing was impressive, and Steven Bergwijn and Son Heung-min were on the move.
Only seven of Harry Kane’s 38 touches took place inside the Watford penalty area, yet he covered more distance (10.15km) than everyone else in the Spurs squad save Dele Alli (10.72km)
They were a danger at times, but with Watford parked the bus, Harry’s chances of scoring were always going to be limited, which is why he was only allowed one late in the game.
But he was in those pockets, looking for passes to help Watford open up, and he came close to scoring late on when a toenail stopped him from tapping in.
Where does Kane and Spurs go from here?
Kane’s position was well recognized by the club in the summer, and a large part of Spurs supporters would still sympathize with him. He deserved to be promoted.
They all earned their transfers, whether it was Robbie Keane to Liverpool, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick to Manchester United, or Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
Over the last five years, Kane has arguably been Tottenham’s finest player. As the song goes from the terrace, he is their talisman and “one of their own.”
In a typical market, you’d expect to see Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Manchester United battling it out for Kane’s services.
But, given Spurs’ asking price and the state of the market, there was only one place for him to go – but I’m still surprised United didn’t swoop in and grab him since he seems to be built for Old Trafford.
Another surprise was City’s failure to make him their top priority. If I were Kane, it would put an end to the deal since there had clearly been talks about how he would become a City player, and they would go to any length to acquire him.
After a lengthy summer transfer drama involving Manchester City, Kane declared his decision to stay at Spurs on August 25.
They choose to make Jack Grealish their first focus, which is their choice.
Kane is going to have a difficult year. Modric was in a similar position with Chelsea while I was at the club, and he was eager to go. He was enraged, but he returned the next season and was outstanding, earning him a transfer to Real Madrid.
Things happen for a reason, but it will be difficult for him to comprehend, and as a player, I hope he still gets what he deserves, which is the opportunity to play for one of the world’s most prestigious teams.
The stars just did not align for him to go on, whether it was due to the pandemic, his price not being reached, or the forward Tottenham desired as a replacement not being available.
Spurs have reportedly offered him a new contract, but he will know deep down that if he accepts it, he will never leave.
That’s not a terrible thing because he could argue, “You haven’t accepted £130 million for me, therefore that implies I’m worth at least £300,000 per week,” but Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is in a strong position because of Kane’s age and contract duration.
If I were Harry Kane, I’d sit tight this year, do my hardest, sort things out with the chairman, and make sure I’m in a position to obtain the job I want next year.
At some time, Daniel Levy will want the money. With one year remaining on his deal, how much is Kane worth? Obviously, it depends on how he performs, but you’re probably still talking about £80 million.
Of course, the club will continue to attempt to obtain top dollar for him next summer, but a new debate is needed to determine a transfer price that is fair to all sides.
I can’t see the chairman rubbing his hands and saying, “You have three years remaining and you’re not going anywhere,” because I’m sure they have a better connection than that.
Spurs make a comeback after a tumultuous summer.
Three victories in three games is a fantastic start, but it’s still difficult to assess Tottenham’s position at this point in the season.
They beat Manchester City on the counter-attack in their first match, and by all accounts, they did the same against Wolves.
But, after a tumultuous summer, with management instability and the Kane issue nearly making them a laughingstock, the unity, team spirit, and drive that has stuck out for me thus far has been the squad’s togetherness, team spirit, and commitment.
Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United will all be fighting for first place. So it all relies on what Tottenham, Everton, West Ham, and the rest of the teams trying to improve can accomplish.
Tottenham have a strong team, but they enjoyed a fantastic start to the season last season before falling apart.
There’s no reason to believe it won’t be the same this year. It would be fascinating to watch what Nuno Espirito Santo does to keep everyone pleased and whether he can push his chairman to challenge rather than retreat.
Jermaine Jenas was chatting with Steve Sutcliffe of Sport.
Jermaine Jenas is a retired English footballer. He was most recently the assistant manager of Newcastle United, but has also played for Tottenham Hotspur and England. Reference: the kick off youtube cast.
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