Harry Kane to sign a new Tottenham contract? West Ham conquer Europe? Our writers make their 2022 predictions

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  • West Ham United
    West Ham United
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  • Harry Kane
    Harry Kane
    English association football player
  • Mauricio Pochettino
    Mauricio Pochettino
    Argentine association football player and manager
  • Gareth Southgate
    English association football player and manager
 (Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)
(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)

It is fair to say 2022 is shaping up to be a significant year in football.

Here, our writers have each picked out one thing they believe we’ll see in in the next 12 months…

Dan Kilpatrick - Harry Kane to sign a new contract with Tottenham

A safe prediction perhaps, but a new deal for Kane would be hugely significant, surely tying him to his boyhood club for life and signalling the final end of more than two years of unrest.

Kane was desperate to join Manchester City last summer but he is back onside with Spurs now Antonio Conte is in charge.

Regardless, there seems little prospect of City – or anyone else – resuming their interest in summer 2022, when Kane will turn 29.

The England captain will still have two years on his current contract at the end of this season but a bumper new deal is the next best thing to a bumper move, and it’s likely both parties will be happy to begin talks in the New Year.

James Robson – Mauricio Pochettino to finally get his dream job

Who knows where Manchester United would be now if they had appointed Mauricio Pochettino back in 2019?

The former Tottenham manager has long-been seen as a United manager-in-waiting and he is known to be keen on the job.

Instead, United went down the romantic route and handed the keys to Old Trafford to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. While that meant they missed out on Pochettino, this summer the Argentine would take over a much more attractive job than it was three years ago.

 (REUTERS)
(REUTERS)

The big danger for Pochettino is that United hand the role to the interim once again.

Ralf Rangnick is serious competition – and the fact he was prepared to take on an interim job at United when turning down a similar offer at Chelsea a year ago suggests he is tempted by more than just a temporary position.

He is likely to get a say in the next appointment and has already admitted he could yet recommend himself.

But could United really let Poch slip through their grasp again?

Simon Collings - England to win the World Cup.

It’s a bold prediction, but one that doesn’t feel too outlandish when we consider what happened in 2021.

England were one kick away from winning the Euros and this squad is only getting better given their age.

The wealth of talent available to Gareth Southgate is unrivalled compared to previous years and they are real contenders to win the World Cup next year. Particularly in attack, there is an abundance of riches to pick from.

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

A lot will depend on form, but England will head to Qatar with a squad that few countries can better. The timing of the tournament, which will take place in the winter, is also interesting and could play into England’s hands.

Previously, players have arrived at major competitions burnt out, but that shouldn’t be the case this time.

The pressure will be on England to deliver, but they have the players and quality to deliver the goods.

Jack Rosser - England to win the World Cup.

The final step for Gareth Southgate’s brave boys comes in Qatar, it has to.

Watching back the highlights of the Euro 2020 Final defeat to Italy on penalties for the first time in December was simply too painful to consider going through again.

This World Cup will present all the usual dangers (France, Brazil and, regardless of the summer, the Germans) as well as the chaos it being held in the middle of the season brings.

That said, all being well, with Harry Kane (please) back to his old self and the array of attacking talent, a year older and wiser, all being backed up by the increasingly Patrick Vieira-like Declan Rice, few can argue against England’s chances.

Malik Ouzia - West Ham to win the Europa League

West Ham’s chances of finishing in the top four this season look to have slimmed but that could be no bad thing if still the case by the time the Europa League resumes in March, giving David Moyes licence to go all-out in Europe.

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

After beating Barcelona home and away in the semi-final (Craig Dawson pockets January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang), the Hammers face Borussia Dortmund in Seville. Erling Haaland’s 89th goal of the season looks to have sealed the trophy for the Bundesliga side until the much-maligned Andriy Yarmolenko comes off the bench to force extra-time and penalties.

Mark Noble steps up to rifle home the winning spot-kick, lifting the trophy and riding off into the sunset.

In tears just yards away is young Jude Bellingham who, six months later, while standing in a Qatari stadium with a World Cup winners’ medal round his neck, cites uncapped legend ‘Nobes’ as the inspiration behind England’s success.

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