Harry Kane: ‘Dour, drab’ Tottenham told to pray as Rio Ferdinand drops exit truth bomb to make Levy sweat
Rio Ferdinand reckons there is a high chance Harry Kane will look to leave Tottenham after seeing them exit the Champions League with a whimper on Wednesday evening.
Antonio Conte’s side went into the match trailing 1-0 from the first leg last month. And needing to come out firing on all cylinders, Spurs did exactly the opposite of that as they rarely troubled the visitors defence.
As it was, it took until added-on time before they forced Milan keeper Mike Maignan into a serious save. He palmed away a Kane header that took have taken 10-man Tottenham into extra time. However, a goal at that stage would have flattered Spurs, who struggled to lay a feather on Stefano Pioli’s side.
A damning assessment of their performance can be read about here.
After a miserable week saw them also crash out of the FA Cup and lose at Wolves in the Premier League, fresh questions are being asked about both Conte and Kane.
They now crash out of Europe and have only the top four in the Premier League to fight for.
On current evidence, they face a huge fight to finish in those spots.
And should they fail to reach the Champions League again next season, more questions over the future of Kane will surface.
His deal at the club expires in summer 2024. And while Ben Jacobs has told TEAMtalk his priority is to stay, speculation will rise that a move away is on the cards.
Both Manchester United and Bayern Munich remain solid candidates for his signing.
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Rio Ferdinand says Kane could leave Tottenham
And while Daniel Levy will make life difficult over his sale, Ferdinand believes Spurs are running out of reasons to persuade Kane to stay.
“Spurs fans, it is time to start praying,” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “They are going to have to pray that Kane is going to be that guy, who wants to be a one-club man for the rest of his career.
“Because on the face of that – and looking at that type of performance – I don’t understand it [and why he would choose to stay].”
Elaborating further, Glenn Hoddle continued: “It’s not just about winning trophies or whatever. He’s going to be looking at that and many times before… he wants to be in a team that can create for him. He’s scorig all these amount of goals and playing like he has, and in a team that has not created that many chances for him. He creates a lot himself and when they play well, it’s four or five games. But there’s no consistency there. They just hang on in there.
“They haven’t got a player who can drop there, and beat someone and open spaces up.”
Assessing Spurs’ performance on the night, Ferdinand added: “First of all congratulations to Milan. They kept up their end of the bargain.
“But for a Spurs point of view, you have to say embarrassing. No spark. No urgency, lacklustre at times. Dour, drab; I’m not sure how many more words I can find to explain the performance today.
“We asked them at half-time to give these fans – which you need in these knockout games – something to shout about. But they have done nothing. There was no fight and no spirit. They will go back into that changing room knowing they all could have done more.”
Thierry Henry says Kane is too good not to win trophies
If Ferdinand’s words were enough to make Levy and Tottenham squirm, then Thierry Henry’s advice will have them breaking out in a cold sweat.
Speaking to CBS Sports, he says Kane is an outstanding player and deserves not to finish his career without any trophies.
“If I was him I would go,” Henry said. “It’s up for him to choose where but I would go, he has to know where he wants to go.
“A player like that, a player of his calibre, should not talk about just his goals at the end of his career. If I was him, I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if all I could talk about is my goals.
“Listen, it’s a great achievement and I have massive respect for him – I think he’s outstanding. But if that’s the only thing you can bring to the table at the end of your career, that’s tough for me.”
The 29-year-old will likely command a fee of at least £100m if he asks Tottenham to let him leave.
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