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The optimistic case for life after Harry Kane

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C1w8

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Relying on Richarlison to replace Kane would be a huge risk imo.

He's never scored more than 13 league goals in a season and hasn't looked particularly convincing for us, particularly technically.

I'm fine with him being a good squad option capable of playing up top or wider but if he becomes our main PL striker I'm very worried. Appreciate some will point to him being Brazil's number 1 but I've not see him show that kind of form in the PL. I also don't see him as a long term starter in Son's position. He lacks the pace and dribbling/link up ability to play in that position for me.

If Kane goes for say £80-100m, we need to spend that money on a quality forward and then we need to spend money on a quality player to be a long term successor to Son too.

Definitely want another option (starter level!) to add to Richarlison if Kane goes but a bit harsh to hold Richarlison 13 league goals against him considering who he's played for in watford and everton, where those calibre of teams are lucky to get someone hitting 10 goals most seasons.
 

Timberwolf

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Moving Richarlison centrally and investing in a new, energetic LWF to transition from Son seems a wise move.

What fee could we realistically command for a 30-year-old Kane with a year left on his contract? £50-60m?
Levy will want 80m at an absolute minimum.

England captain, multiple golden boot winner, club top goalscorer, national icon, assister supreme...

Hazard went to Madrid for 100m Euros before add-ons (which went up to £130m) aged 28 when he had 1 year left on his deal. I think Levy will use that a benchmark - especially as Kane's far less reliant on pace and could play at the top level well into his mid 30s.
 

jpascavitz

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I try to stay optimistic about everything Spurs too, so nice post. There's not many positives about Kane leaving though, and I think you may have hinted at the only potential positive. I think we won't fully appreciate everything he does in every match until we see our side without him and notice that we need 2 to 3 different players to replace what he does.

However you nailed it by saying in Kane and Son's prime years they both do not press as often as those early Poch days, and not blaming them really for not doing so. They still try defensively and work for the team, so it's not like they're completely lazy or anything - just something that happens to most attackers as they age.

Where I get stuck on - are these points/questions and will try to summarize them and not bore everyone to death:

1. I don't really trust ENIC/Levy to spend the money, after seeing this once before with the Bale money.

2. I can come up with good reasons that Conte/FP should be the ones to see through this project/rebuild. I DO trust FP picking players with funds, and trust that Conte could actually buy ready made older players to accelerate a rebuild and potentially win something. I fear that the board and Levy will have other ideas and stop that process

3. I can come up with good reasons that Conte/FP should leave if Kane were to be sold, and that we should start from scratch with a young, progressive manager and focus on the youth. My problem with this is that you can go through 3-4 managers before finding a good one again, as well as some players being amazing signings, while the other ones being awful.

I don't really think there's an in between, or there shouldn't be - it will just result in more mixed seasons. One of the Journos said are Spurs a top club, or are they a BVB and I actually don't care which route the club choose - I just want to see alignment and commitment to one way or another.
 

double0

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The time will surely come when Kane hangs up his boots, ideally with his boyhood club.

The biggest mistake we could make is to try and replace Kane...we are witnessing a generation talent. Our best bet is to spread the goals throughout the team.
 

Hawkey77

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The other thing I must insist on if we sell Kane is that we move on as a club and do not cling on to the hope he’ll return for a swan song. Absolutely no…he leaves, it’s for good (as a player).
 

Timberwolf

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Ivan Toney wouldn't be a bad shout.

Wonder what odds he could get on that.
Yeah I think he'd be a great option, but surely he's about to get a mega ban for match betting?

Think there's a chance his career is all but over at the top level. At least for a few years.
 

bat-chain

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I know the whole point of this thread is to be optimistic but I can’t see us being better without Kane at all, it will be horrific.
 

AtoubaToothpaste

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I've been banging the Toney drum for a while now. The lad is mustard, home grown, and really got something about him. I would have much preferred him over Richarlison, tbh. If we're replacing Kane next season, he would be a great shout -- along with improving the number of goals from AM and WB wherever possible to make up the inevitble short fall. We'll likely need an AM to make up for the lake of Kane's creativity.
 

Trix

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I'm not convinced he goes personally. Depends how things pan out over the next month or so imo.
 

bat-chain

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The other thing I must insist on if we sell Kane is that we move on as a club and do not cling on to the hope he’ll return for a swan song. Absolutely no…he leaves, it’s for good (as a player).

If he went to Real Madrid for a couple of years then wanted to come back to England Spurs should always be an option, he's our boy, always will be.
 

bubble07

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My issue isn't necessarily him leaving as I think the total number of goals will be similar with or without him. Without him just means it will be distributed more.

My issue is the thought of seeing him in another teams kit and then him playing against us

I just couldn't take that

If he left to go abroad I'd be content with that but we all know he wants shearers record
 

bubble07

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Yep, I concur with the positives re Kane departure. Interesting to see how his next team deal with the absence of pressing from him seeing as every team is a gegen presser.

Maybe he'll pull his pressing socks up in an environment where his is no longer no 1 in the heirarchy . Its part of the prob imo as he is extremely comfortable with us. Hopefully we get 80 mill at least and Paratici can reinvest in someone happy to put in the effort.

80mill??? Would be shocked if we get anything more than 50
 

bubble07

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I'm clinging onto the fact he signs a 1 year extention and gets the 63 goals needed in that time (around 95 league games) to beat shearer then gets a free transfer to bayern and sweeps up a couple of bundesliga titles
 

Joshua

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80mill??? Would be shocked if we get anything more than 50
Hazard went to Madrid for €100mil with a year left on his deal at a similar age. Kane could easily command a similar fee. Especially if he ends the season clearing 30 goals which he’s on pace to do.
 

dickieven

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I still think Kane would be quite happy if he stayed at Spurs, broke Shearer's record and obviously was our top ever goalscorer. Those records would stay for such a long time and be remembered more than most trophies he could win elsewhere. I think he will stay as long as we are still thereabouts at the top of the league and he is still banging in the goals.
He will be very difficult to replace.
 

bubble07

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Also what chances we giving on kane not extending and running down his contract?

If he went to Levy I won't sign but will give the club 1 final year to help win a trophy what would the correct/his response be?
 
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