Assessment of Tottenham striker’s targets if Harry Kane leaves
With three seasons remaining on his current contract and a market valuation of between £ 120m and £ 150m, it is likely that Harry Kane will stay with Tottenham Hotspur until next season. Of course, this is a delicate and ongoing situation. Spurs may have their most important decision in the modern age ahead of them.
With the fanbase fed up and club management uncertain, this decision must be a decision Daniel Levy and his company are correcting. Deciding to sell the club legend would be a pretty tough decision, but it would also be up to the club to successfully reinvest that money.
As the Bale Seven historically shows, Tottenham has a use case of how to inappropriately use money received from a big name transfer. Let’s weigh some of the scenarios for Kane’s stay or departure this summer.
Half empty approach
The timing of Kane’s news appears to be pretty precarious. If Kane wanted out of Spurs, he could have gone about it quietly by letting Levy know he wanted out, although there are indications he did so last season. But a disgruntled player can have an impact on the team. As recently as last season, Tottenham drove Christian Eriksen out and his decision to do so resulted in some downgrade of the player as well as a negative impact in the dressing room.
With Kane seemingly wanting a new challenge, Spurs could face a situation where they once again carry a player whose heart may not be entirely in it. I want to say that I firmly believe that if Kane were to stay in North London I don’t think it would.
Approach half full of glass
Kane making his feelings public is absolutely a signal to Tottenham to do so and now is the time to get him moving. In Kane’s interview with Gary Neville on The Overlap, he said he felt he still had seven to eight years to play at the top level. If he really believes that, it seems like a long time to win trophies.
There is of course the thought of how all of this would play out mathematically. Let’s say Spurs get £ 150million for Kane. Losing Kane would mean losing his best player and top scorer, but also his most creative option, as evidenced by his ability to dive deep and play a sort of central attacking role. If Kane were to leave Spurs, it would be difficult to see the Lilywhites return to the Champions League next season.
Knowing that Kane is the centerpiece to return to the Top 4, qualifying for the elite European competition earns a margin of at least £ 50million, then some depending on the club’s progress in the tournament. .
If Kane stayed another year and the club reversed that decision next summer, his value would surely drop to around £ 100million. That being said, it would indicate that it is the wisest decision to keep Kane for another season, as the cost / benefit analysis would suggest it would be a worthwhile investment.
If Kane goes elsewhere this summer, it will be up to Tottenham to use some of the money to improve the post. According to the Spurs manager, there could be consideration of transferring Son Heung-min to the forward. However, Spurs’ scoring options leave a lot to be desired outside of Kane of course.
Despite his abilities in the Europa League, Carlos Vinícius never really had the chance to play a 4-4-2 alongside Kane a few times here and there. Lender Benfica was a choice of José Mourinho last summer and given that it would cost Spurs around € 45m to trigger his release clause, it looks like the Portugal international will not return to Tottenham. Maybe Levy would try to cut that deal down, but Tottenham may have seen enough and wish for a better option.
Youngsters Dane Scarlett and Troy Parrott have shown they have long-term potential. Last year, the Scarlett got more buzz than Parrott, who had a few more or less disappointing loans. However, neither should be trusted, as they are both a year or two away from making their debut in the first team.
So let’s pretend Kane leaves and take a look at a few options based on different cost and contract levels.
Lower cost options
Odsonne Edouard, Celtic
Edouard has already been linked with Spurs. A powerful striker who has produced three consecutive seasons for Celtic in the Scottish Premier League, the former PSG youth product may be looking for a bigger move this summer. With only one year left on his current contract, it may be time for Celtic to capitalize on their precious assets to raise the funds needed to outdo the resurgent Crosstown rivals Rangers.
There are pieces of Edward’s play that bear similarities to Kane. He can drop deeply and he has the ability to own the ball cleanly and let the play develop in front of him. It would be difficult to ask Edouard to come in and immediately make his presence felt at Spurs, but he’s a talent that is set to succeed and probably wouldn’t cost Spurs much.
Dusan Vlahovic, Fiorentina
Another option that has (tenuous) been linked to Spurs, Vlahovic burst onto the scene for Fiorentina last season, scoring 21 goals. It’s worth mentioning that Fiorentina presented an attack-based approach that helped Vlahovic’s cause, but his talent was showcased without much service around him. Many questioned Fiorentina’s attack once Federico Chiesa went to Juventus on loan, but Vlahovic succeeded nonetheless.
Two years away from his contract, Vlahovic himself plays outside the Fiorentina squad. La Viola haven’t reached European competition in over five years and taking in some of their most talented players like Vlahovic and Nikola Milenković could provide funds that could rejuvenate the rest of their squad. With a great height at 6’3 ”and excellent movement to find room in the box, Vlahovic would bring an aerial presence as well as a knack for finding the net thanks to his finishing ability.
Andrea Belotti, Turin
Another player from an Italian mid-table club, Belotti has been nothing short of consistent for a club that has been anything but. Despite playing for a fairly uninspiring team, Belotti has emerged as one of Serie A’s top scorers due to his pace of work. He’s neither the fastest nor the most athletic player, but he’s efficient with both feet and also wins headers in the air.
His contract will expire at the end of the 2021-22 season and if Torino sold their beloved club captain, the time would be right. For years, Torino refused to budge in the Belotti sale. But with the aging Italian and the club’s ambition hanging in the air, Torino finds themselves in a bit of a situation similar to Tottenham. If Tottenham sell Kane, maybe the club could turn to Belotti.
Luka Jović, real Madrid
Just a few seasons ago, many thought that Jović was on the verge of becoming the next big actor in Europe. During the 2018-19 season, Jović enjoyed a prolific campaign, scoring almost 30 goals in all competitions. After this season, Jović signed with Real Madrid for an estimated sum of 70 million euros. Since then, Jović has flopped somewhat and failed to make his presence felt in the Spanish capital.
At 23, Jović is still extremely young and has plenty of time to meet the high expectations he has been given. While not the most demanding in terms of size or physique, Jović is a player who doesn’t have a lot of weaknesses in his game. He is quick and smart and can also score with both feet.
He’s an interesting talent who has shown his deadly scoring ability once the confidence is there. As Madrid look to balance the books and sell players this summer, Spurs could take Jović a bit below market value.
Danny Ings, Southampton
Watching Saints throughout the season, it’s clear how much better Ings and James Ward-Prowse are than the rest of the group. Without these two players, Southampton’s attack is lifeless. While the 2020-21 season was riddled with injuries for Ings, he still scored 12 goals for a team that hasn’t won a game in months.
A few seasons ago, Ings flopped at Liverpool in large part due to a horrific knee injury that kept him from picking up speed in the first team. Once Jürgen Klopp brought in Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané, the writing was on the wall that Ings needed from Liverpool for consistent football.
Since arriving in Southampton, Ings has become so crafty with his ability to pull off races as well as his poaching skills. As the final season of his current contract approaches, Ings is set for another big move. In my opinion and in my opinion, he is one of the most underrated players and could find consistent playing time at Tottenham even if Kane stays for another season. I’d be curious to see Ings alongside Kane in a lineup where Kane could sit a bit behind him and serve as a glue in midfield as well as in a strike partnership, although at 28, Ings wouldn’t be. a long-term replacement. .
Romelu Lukaku, Inter Milan
News broke on Thursday that Antonio Conte was leaving Inter due to the club’s imminent team refresh this summer. With Inter needing to sell his assets, Conte jumped ship and is rumored to be flirting with Spurs in this episode of ‘Which former Chelsea manager should Spurs hire? ”
Jokes aside, Conte would be a strong date and could possibly influence a player like Lukaku to return to England with him. Among the players on this list, the Belgian striker would undoubtedly cost the most. For his power and pace, the only striker in the world who could be in the same conversation as him is Erling Haaland.
I sincerely doubt that of all the players Inter might be looking to sell this summer, severing ties with Lukaku would be at the top of their list. But strange things could happen. If Conte came to Spurs and brought his preference of two forwards at the top, I imagine Lukaku would be seated alongside Son. The pair would bring just about everything to the table: pace, power, flair, pace of work, intelligence. It would cost a large chunk of Kane’s money, but it would be a huge acquisition nonetheless.
Memphis Depay, free agent
The future of Depay is a scenario to watch this summer. Out of contract this summer, many teams will look to acquire the 27-year-old. Depay has therefore reached an agreement to join Barcelona if the manager and his compatriot Ronald Koeman remain with the club.
However, as of this writing, Depay is still available. Depay’s first stint in the Premier League was a disaster with Manchester United. He failed to acclimatize to playing in the Premier League and the rigor of the league eventually led him to leave for Lyon in 2017. Under Rudi Garcia, Depay really prospered. I wonder if Depay could coexist game by game in the Premier League, but he’s a talented player who could be deployed in a variety of different approaches. As Spurs would likely face a major bidding war for the Dutchman, the move would be classified as ‘unlikely’.