Has the failed move to Manchester City distracted Harry Kane this season?
In August, the striker told Tottenham fans he was ‘100 per cent focused on helping the team achieve success‘ when he accepted he was staying in London instead of heading north, but it hasn’t quite turned out that way.
Kane had made it clear he wanted to leave in search of silverware and hoped to seal his £100m move to the Premier League champions before the transfer window closed, but he stayed and fans hoped they would get another season of goals from him.
“You know it’s not quite as straightforward as that if you had your eyes set on a move and it doesn’t happen,” talkSPORT host Andy Townsend said.
“It can rock you for a bit and you don’t feel quite the same.”
Cristiano Ronaldo was in a similar situation to Kane in 2008 when he was hoping to sign for Real Madrid.
Fresh off of a Champions League final win and 42 goals for Manchester United, Ronaldo was desperate to join the LaLiga giants, but Sir Alex Ferguson wouldn’t allow it.
Upset with Madrid’s then president, Ramon Calderon, who publicly discussed signing his best player, Ferguson convinced Ronaldo to stay for another year.
The manager promised him that if he performed and didn’t give the club any trouble then he would be sold providing a record fee is offered.
And it proved to be a great decision as the Portuguese superstar helped United clinch a third consecutive Premier League title as well as reach another Champions League final, before completing his world record £80m move to Madrid.
He went out on a high, and there’s still time for Kane to do the same – well, apart from the title triumph and chance of Champions League glory.
In the 2008/09 season, Ronaldo missed the first five games due to ankle surgery, but came back with a bang, quickly getting on the scoresheet in his first start after a pair of brief substitute appearances.
Ronaldo’s first four league games after missing his dream move
Kane’s first four league games after missing his dream move
England captain Kane hasn’t just failed to score, he hasn’t even looked close to doing so, with just four shots in his opening four league games.
But as Ronaldo has shown, getting your head down is the true mark of a top player.
Ronaldo’s stats in 2008/09
Trophies: Premier League, League Cup, (Champions League runner-up)
Tottenham began well with three wins from three and fans will have been even happier when Kane returned to the team.
However, the perfect start was brought to a shuddering halt by Crystal Palace who recorded a convincing 3-0 win followed by Chelsea who did the same, but at White Hart Lane.
New Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo may have much less authority than Ferguson did when he told Ronaldo he was staying, but it’s now up to Kane to prove he’s worthy of City’s advances.
Pep Guardiola was reportedly ready to offer £150m for Kane in the summer, which would be a Premier League record, and make him the third most expensive player of all time.
But as Ronaldo has proved, as well as the likes of Luis Suarez and Eden Hazard, it’s now time for Kane to step up and show he’s worth it.