Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe spoke of wishing he’s moved on earlier in his career when addressing the speculation over the future of Harry Kane.
Kane, 27, is already a Tottenham legend despite an absence of silverware in his cabinet. Both the club’s top scorer and all-time Premier League top scorer accolades are within his grasp over the coming years. But the lure of lifting trophies has seemingly become stronger as of late.
The Tottenham talisman was said to be ‘open’ to a departure according to reports a fortnight ago.
Kane then addressed the speculation while on England duty, revealing when a decision on his future will be made.
Spurs have come close to winning silverware over the last decade but have fallen short on each occasion.
Since the Premier League era began, just two League Cups have been won, in 1999 and 2008.
Kane’s predicament is not an unfamiliar one, with Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard famously linked with a blockbuster move to Chelsea in 2005.
Gerrard already had trophies in his locker, however, and would ultimately decide to stay after their famous Champions League triumph in Istanbul.
However, former Spurs frontman Defoe believes Kane must do the opposite and depart his boyhood club for the betterment of his career.
“If you’d have asked me this question a few years ago, I’d have said he should have stayed there, what he’s done at the football club – he’s a legend,” Defoe told talkSPORT.
“Since I’ve come away from that and gone to Rangers, I’ve seen that mentality and played for another big club, the importance of playing for that club and winning every game, that mentality, the standards and demands.
“You have to win and bring silverware, otherwise it’s not good enough. When you actually achieve that and the feeling you get from that, wow man. I wish I had that earlier on in my career.
“If Harry Kane wants that and wants to win trophies then it looks like he has to go.
“I don’t think it will be easy for him to leave and he might be looking at it and want to finish off being the highest goalscorer in the club’s history and see where that takes him.
“He can hopefully win a few trophies, but if he’s really craving medals then he really has to go.”
Tottenham battling Leicester for Ibrahimovic clone
Meanwhile, Tottenham have expressed an interest in Danish striker Wahid Faghir, according to reports.
Spurs may need to sign a new striker in the summer. They are reluctant to meet the full value of their option to buy Carlos Vinicius after his loan from Benfica. What’s more, Harry Kane’s future has been plunged into fresh doubt.
One way in which they could look to add more depth up front is by signing Faghir. At 17 years old, he would not be ready to become their first-choice striker, but would be an intriguing option to work with going forwards.
According to the Daily Star, Tottenham are aiming to beat Leicester to the signing of the Vejle starlet.
Faghir has scored eight goals and provided four assists from 36 appearances for Vejle, who play in the Danish Superliga. His early form has already seen him labelled as the “next Zlatan Ibrahimovic”.
Clearly, there are high expectations for the teenager, who could soon earn a move to the Premier League. However, Leicester have already seen a £1m bid turned down.
Tottenham are now trying to muscle into the race to sign him and could pose a threat to any more bids.