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The optimistic case for life after Harry Kane

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Gilzeanking

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And it got me thinking re how our reversion to playing counter-attacking football since 2019 - under Jose, then Nuno and now Conte - has suited Kane more than anyone, releasing him from constant pressing as he gets older and unleashing his terrific creative skills. He has undoubtedly been our outstanding player over this period (even, I would argue, last season, when it was Son who got the plaudits and the Golden Boot). But while this style has suited Kane - especially coming out the other end of persistent ankle injuries in the final part of Poch’s time with us (which of course also cost him his place in our Champions League run in 2019) - has it suited Spurs generally? Or has it seen us give up far too much possession and territory to teams who are now much better at exploiting those advantages than they were even back when Mourinho or Conte won their league titles?

We all agree, I think, that we want to see front-foot and possession-based football back at the Lane. And, of course, if you told me tomorrow that Kane wants to be a part of that, and wants to sign a new contract, I’d bite your hand off. The risks of him leaving are a dark cloud, with only theoretical silver linings. And yet… just as City racked up more points pre the phenomenal number 9 that is Haaland, just as Utd have new vigour without Ronaldo, just as Arsenal now, or Liverpool previously, have built their successes without number 9s who can even remotely rival Kane’s goal rate, perhaps we can compete in the future with a game plan which doesn’t put quite so much emphasis on a single individual and his formidable strengths and instead prioritises team fluidity, movement, pressing, and wanting to dominate teams again from start to finish.

Or so I tell myself anyway.
This superb excerpt is from piece is from Jan...but the argument for us to get the rebuild 100 mill by selling Kane is all here. I'm also in the sell Son while there's value camp because we HAVE to take pressing seriously again.
 

Gassin's finest

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This superb excerpt is from piece is from Jan...but the argument for us to get the rebuild 100 mill by selling Kane is all here. I'm also in the sell Son camp because we HAVE to take pressing seriously again.
I'll cop flak but I'd happily sell Son this summer.
 

philll

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There's just no way the club would've gone to the trouble of the mural with all the associated fanfare if they weren't sure he's staying. They've had some embarrassing PR gaffes but they just wouldn't open themselves (and us) up to such easy abuse by writing this massive house-sized love letter to Harry and then have him turn around and leave... right?

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...right?
 

neogenisis

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There's just no way the club would've gone to the trouble of the mural with all the associated fanfare if they weren't sure he's staying. They've had some embarrassing PR gaffes but they just wouldn't open themselves (and us) up to such easy abuse by writing this massive house-sized love letter to Harry and then have him turn around and leave... right?

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...right?
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