Harry Kane would be a risky signing for Manchester United

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Harry Kane enjoyed a sensational breakthrough season, scoring 21 goals and finishing the season as the Premier League's top scoring Englishman.

His emergence came somewhat out of the blue as he managed only ten appearances in the previous campaign, scoring three times.

Needless to say, the 21-year-old has now established himself as one of the best young talents in the country.

Naturally this has led to much speculation about his future and Manchester United are reported to be one of the clubs interested in the forward.

On the face of it, Kane would be an excellent acquisition for United, however, the reality is the striker would be a very expensive risk.


Louis van Gaal's attacking options look set to be reduced this summer due to the departures of a number of strikers.

Radamel Falcao has already left the club after Van Gaal decided not to make his loan move permanent after a disastrous season. Meanwhile Javier Hernandez does not look to be part of the Dutchman's long-term plans so is likely to depart.

Robin van Persie is another who's United career looks to be over. The injury problems that plagued his time at Arsenal have re-emerged and the 31-year-old can no longer be relied upon.

James Wilson is a promising young talent but you'd imagine that Van Gaal would prefer to give him a chance out on loan next season after he struggled to make an impact in the last campaign.

It's highly likely that Wayne Rooney will be the only forward from last season's squad that lines up for United next season.

All this means that signing a new forward will be one of Van Gaal's top priorities as he continues to rebuild over the summer.

The club needs someone who can score goals on a regular basis. Rooney was the club's top scorer with 12 goals last season, which was less than half of Aguero's 26.

He may have played a number of games in midfield, but it doesn't hide the fact that United need a player who can score in excess of 20 goals a season. Harry Kane's 21 goals suggest he could be the man to do it but it is not as clear cut as that.


If United really want to sign Kane then it's clear that they are going to have to pay a large fee. It's easy to look at Kane's record from last season and say he's worth every penny. The Englishman may have struck 21 times last season but £40 million seems a bit high.

Let us not forget that Kane hasn't proved himself yet. Yes, he had a superb season, but that is just one campaign.

To be worth £40 million, you need to be a consistent performer but Kane has only performed for a single season.

He's undoubtedly a real talent but you can't slap such a price tag on him until we've seen him perform well for a second season. For £40 million United could buy a more experienced and proven striker.

The fact that Kane plays for Spurs will up his price tag. United have a history of difficult negotiations with Tottenham.

Daniel Levy is known for driving a hard bargain. We all remember the difficulties United had the last time they approached a Tottenham forward, the Dimitar Berbatov saga ended with the club paying out £30.75 million for the Bulgarian. Signing Kane will be just as, if not more difficult.


Kane hasn't seem phased by his rise to stardom. Over the course of the last year he has taken everything in his stride, including his England debut when he netted at Wembley. However, a move to a European giant like United would be a whole different challenge. The forward is currently at a club that plays to his strengths which allows him to thrive.

At Tottenham Kane is the star man, the team is set up to get the most out of the forward. The fact that the team plays to his strengths will greatly help his development. However if he was to move to United then he would just be another name amongst an array of stars. It's unlikely that Van Gaal would change the team's style of play just to suit Kane this means that the front man would have to adapt quickly.

Spurs may not be challenging for the title but it's clear that Kane is at a club that is good for his development. He would likely benefit more from another season at Spurs where he's guaranteed a place than moving to a bigger club where he may struggle to hold on to a place in the team.


The Premier League has seen it's fair share of one-hit wonders over the years. Michu is a recent example of a player who enjoyed a successful season in the Premier League but never hit those heights again. The Spaniard scored 18 league goals in his debut season at Swansea however his career has gone down hill since then.

While it's unlikely that Kane will endure such a drastic slump as the likes of Michu have, there can be no doubting that next season will be more difficult for him. Some of Kane's success last season can be put down to the fact that he was relatively unknown and defences did not know what to expect from him. That element of surprise was definitely responsible for some of his goals earlier in the campaign.

Next season Premier League defences will know what to expect from Kane, it's not unusual for strikers to be found out the second time around. Kane struggled to make an impact in the U21 fixture against Portugal suggesting that teams now know he's a danger man and are starting to figure out how to limit his impact on matches.

Kane will have to improve even more if he wants to emulate his goal scoring exploits of the last campaign. Scoring goals will not be as easy when you are faced with defenders who learnt what type of player you are over the previous season.

Kane is a very powerful striker, he's not particularly skilful but manages to use his strength effectively. However he will need to improve technically next campaign, even more so if he completes a big move.

There will be a lot of scrutiny on Kane next season to see if he's more that a one-hit wonder. Next season will be a challenging one for him. The challenge will be even greater if he makes a move to United as he will be under even more pressure.

United and the other European giants may be better off waiting until next summer so they can more accurately judge whether Kane is the real deal.

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