Merson names one reason Kane would be better off at Spurs

Date published: Saturday 22nd May 2021 10:55 - Joe Williams

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Paul Merson thinks Harry Kane would be better off staying at Spurs if he wants to break Alan Shearer’s Premier League goalscoring record.

Various reports claim Kane wants to leave the Premier League club this summer with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all linked.

It is understood that Kane has grown tired of the lack of ambition shown by the north London outfit and is now ready to move on.

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And Merson reckons Kane would be best going to Man City for trophies but better off staying put to chase down Shearer.

“If Harry Kane wants to win trophies he has to go to Manchester City. You are guaranteed to win trophies there,” Merson told the Daily Star.

“But he’d have more chance of breaking Alan Shearer’s record as the greatest goalscorer in Premier League history if he stayed at Spurs. At City, he won’t play every game against the lesser teams in the league where you can win by three or four goals.

“They will save him for those big Champions League nights. And maybe that’s what he wants – but Shearer’s record would be a hell of a thing to break.

“If he goes to United and the don’t win the league, he’s suddenly under scrutiny. And I don’t think he could join Chelsea even if it did mean he doesn’t have to uproot his family. Going there would be like Sol Campbell leaving Spurs for Arsenal. The fans would hate him if he did that. So City makes the most sense.

“I just wonder how much it will take to get him because Daniel Levy is not just going to let him walk away. It’s not up to Kane, it’s up Spurs.”

Daniel Levy was reportedly ‘furious’ at the timing of Kane’s recent interview with Gary Neville and Merson thinks Tottenham are “finished” if the England international leaves.

“Tottenham are finished if they let Kane leave the club. I’m shocked at the timing of this, with Kane saying he wants out. To me, he must have something lined up, or else why do it now? It’s a nightmare scenario for Spurs because they’ve been here before with Gareth Bale.

“They got a record fee for him and bought loads of players to replace him, but it just didn’t work. Even if Spurs get £120m for Kane and spend it well, I still don’t know how you replace his 22 goals and 13 assists this season. It would leave a massive hole – and you can guarantee Heung-min Son would be next out the door.

“It’s a domino effect. It’s over for Spurs if Kane leaves. Without Kane they have no chance of finishing top four next season.”


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