After falling short in a third cup final of his career, Kane now faces the biggest decision of his career this summer.
Speaking in 2017, Kane told Thierry Henry in a TV interview: “In three years’ time, if I haven’t won a few trophies by then, I think it will be disappointing.”
That interview was conducted the same year that Walker left Spurs to join Manchester City. Walker was 27, the same age Kane is now, and wanted to play in a team better equipped to challenge for silverware. He is about to win his third Premier League title, won his fourth League Cup yesterday and has also lifted the FA Cup. In that time, Spurs have reached the Champions League Final in 2019 and yesterday’s Carabao Cup Final but have won nothing.
After Tottenham were outclassed yesterday, it was hard not to wonder what Kane must make of the direction the club is heading in. Despite declaring himself fit following an ankle injury, the England captain did not manage a shot on target. He still looked sharp but had little support from those around him. Conversely, City missed a hatful of chances and just needed a lethal striker like him to convert them.
It felt as if Kane was Spurs’s only hope of victory. To win silverware on a regular basis, he may feel the need to move elsewhere. There is no suggestion he is unhappy, but his desire to win titles may prove too strong.
Moving would not be easy. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will fight hard and would be able to demand a huge fee for him in a market tightened by the pandemic. Kane still has time on his side in his bid for silverware, but he may not want to hang around for Tottenham to get back in contention to win things again.