It is hard to fathom the idea that Tottenham’s self-inflicted crisis up front could possibly get any worse.
With the current prognosis ruling Harry Kane out for the majority of the season after undergoing surgery on a ruptured thigh muscle, Troy Parrott – who turned 18 last month and has never started a league game – is now the club’s only recognised striker.
Son Heung-min is also ruled out with a fractured arm so, in short, things couldn’t really deteriorate from here – could they?
There is a sense of inevitability about a report coming out of The Telegraph which suggests Kane will consider his Spurs future this summer, Daniel Levy “facing a battle” to convince his prize asset not to give up on his boyhood team.
The truth is that team has embarked on an alarming demise over the past 12 months, with the obvious exception of the Champions League final. Defeat to Liverpool in that showpiece in Madrid left a feeling of hollowness and failed aspirations that has never gone away.
It arguably spelled the end of Mauricio Pochettino; now it might see Tottenham’s only world-class player call it quits of his own accord.
Should that happen, Levy would hold out for over £150m, per the same report. Receiving as high a fee as possible for the England captain would be essential given Spurs’ financial restrictions.
Failure to qualify for the Champions League, which looks an increasingly realistic possibility after the 3-2 home defeat to Wolves, could therefore leave Jose Mourinho with just £50m to spend in the summer transfer market.
Ahead of the FA Cup fifth-round tie against Norwich, Mourinho suggested he was not expecting a big overhaul of his squad.
The club confirmed last night that Victor Wanyama has joined Montreal Impact, but while they are anticipating waving goodbye to other similar fringe players, losing Kane is not on their agenda.
Having failed to ever sign a consistently competent back-up, Levy has overseen a transfer policy which leaves Mourinho with Parrott, a teenager whom he insists is “not ready”.
The Portuguese’s decision to bring him on in the 92nd minute against Wolves was greeted with ironic cheers from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Those fans might be seeing a lot more of him if the worst were to happen come the end of the season.
GIVEMESPORT’S Kat Lucas:
Another fine mess. It speaks volumes that few Spurs fans could even begrudge their highest-ever Premier League goalscorer if he were to leave.
Loyalty is a rare commodity in football and Kane has shown plenty of it, but what has driven him to the top is his desire to win it all. He won’t want to go down as a Francesco Totti – a top, top player who stayed true to his roots but whose mantelpiece was surprisingly bare at the end of it all.
If he were to stay at Tottenham, Kane has a very good chance of surpassing Jimmy Greaves (who scored 266 goals for the club) as their greatest striker of all time. Those kind of personal accolades are no substitute for trophies. On which note, he is yet to win one and is now 26-years-old.
Spurs have done so much to keep him engaged, making him the first player in their history to smash the six-figure weekly wage ceiling.
Unfortunately, on the pitch, the majority of the squad look as disinterested as their wilting supporters right now. The ‘Tottenham Hotspur’ Kane shot to fame with under Pochettino are a distant memory as the house the Argentine built continues to crumble, brick by brick.
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