Harry Kane and reaching his peak with a change...
The current situation
At Tottenham there are two contrasting forces which, in these times of conflict and extremes, have managed to find common ground. Both travel together down a miraculous path led by Mauricio Pochettino – a miracle in football is reaching for the moon i.e. competing without money and investment and taking steps forward. On one side are those who shape the day-to-day want new faces and more sporting ambition, and to obtain their objectives they have to squeeze every last drop out of their resources. And on the other is the club and its march towards a dazzling new stadium that must work over at least a five-year period – even more so if the post-Pochettino transition isn’t managed properly (it will be no easy task). The club doesn’t have the money to bring in players in January, a trend which has played out in the last two windows.
The players are aware of the tight-rope balancing act and the potential for a serious wobble and have decided to stay because they have been convinced they can become era-defining in their new home. They signed new contracts but for a lower sum than they would’ve made elsewhere. Once the new stadium hosts its first tie only time will tell how it all unfolds, but that may not happen until next season now. As things stand, neither the technical team nor the squad owe the club anything; they have given it everything, and then some.
Harry Kane once said he would like to play abroad and get some insight into the workings of the European giants. Spurs president Daniel Levy knows that the narrative he has forged and maintained at the club is reaching its conclusion and that possibly his best years as a footballer will come on the continent. Logically, Levy's aim will be to make back at least a quarter of the stadium cost (some calculate 1.1 billion euros), but when Kane does leave, when the strings are finally unfastened, this side could lack the stars to entice crowds and compete for silverware. Levy suspects that everything will make sense in a decade.