Harry Kane has to be aware ‘the grass is not greener’ after being told to quit Tottenham by former Manchester United and Leeds defender Rio Ferdinand.
Ferdinand was working for BT Sport during their coverage of Spurs’ 7-2 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich, and before the match he started discussing Kane’s future in north London.
He questioned if the England captain wants to win anything if he plans to remain with Tottenham for his entire career, and suggested a transfer would be best to guarantee silverware – such as the move he made from Elland Road to Man United in 2002.
“It leads me to look at Harry Kane,” said Ferdinand. “What are you in the game for? Are you in the game to be a one club man or to win trophies?
“Do Spurs look like a team capable of winning trophies? I don’t think so. They were a better team a couple of years ago.
“Leeds is a similar example; I was maybe a year or two younger but I was in a team at a Champions League semi-final, nearly won the league, but I thought I had a better chance elsewhere and I had the opportunity to go. I made a very quick decision to go and win trophies.
“Harry Kane is probably thinking about it and having those questions. They need answering soon. He’s 26 and you only have a small window of opportunity, they come and go very quickly.”
Martin Jol, however, has offered a warning to Kane, with the former Spurs boss telling talkSPORT that leaving for pastures new is not always the answer.
“I said yesterday that [Robert] Lewandowski is unbelievable and that he’d be the best no.9 in England,” Jol told Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “And I think Kane is the same, and may be a little more versatile than Lewandowski.
“To influence him a bit I would say the grass is not greener on the other side.
“I think Harry Kane is on a very good contract, and he is a Spurs boy.
“But the only thing is they are not winning anything.”
Jol also admitted his amazement at Christian Eriksen’s continuing role on the bench, believing he is Tottenham’s best player.
The ex-Spurs chief is aware there are issues over Eriksen’s contract – he wants to leave the club and becomes a free agent next summer – but that should not mean he is dropped from Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team.
He added: “There must be a problem because how good Spurs they over the past couple of seasons – they were unbelievable.
“If Christian Eriksen is on the bench you know you’ve got a problem. I know Christian as he made his debut with me at Ajax, and he is the engine… he is probably their best player.
“If you look at their style, Dele Alli is always playing well when Christian is there because he gives him the passes.
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“They stretch defences with Kane, Son and Alli doing it, but if Christian is not there it won’t happen.
“I don’t know what happened; I think he wants to go.
“I said to Daniel a couple of months ago when we were at the Ajax game in Amsterdam, ‘you should keep him!’
“But if he doesn’t want to stay you have to get on with the job with a new team with [Giovani] Lo Celso and hopefully he is the guy who can do that.
“I would play Christian all the time, even if he is going, because I want to play my strongest team.”
Last season’s Champions League final felt like the end of an era for Spurs, with this term ushering in a new part of history for the north Londoners.
And Jol believes Pochettino’s first era was an extended honeymoon with the club needing to now treat this season as a fresh start.
”You have to take it on the chin,” he finished. “I said to my missus that they had a honeymoon, it was a pretty long honeymoon of four years. They did ever so well.
“But now they must start again.”