Paul Merson: Harry Kane could seek Tottenham Hotspur exit if Arsenal win NLD
Arsenal legend Paul Merson has claimed that Harry Kane could reconsider his future at Tottenham Hotspur if they don’t win the north London derby on Sunday (15 January).
The Lilywhites and the Gunners have a huge need for three points. Arsenal have the chance to go eight points clear at the top of the table ahead of Manchester City after 18 league games.
Spurs, meanwhile, urgently need to start putting together a string of results if they want to make the top four this campaign. Merson has made a huge claim that Kane’s future at Spurs could depend on what happens tomorrow.
“Despite all the talk about Arsenal and the Premier League title, this feels like a decisive game for Tottenham and Harry Kane. If Arsenal go and beat Spurs, Kane will be slumped there wondering ‘do I really sit here for the rest of my career and risk winning nothing?'”
“This is a huge game for him because he could equal or surpass Jimmy Greaves’ goalscoring record and if Tottenham win this, everything feels rosy again having dented Arsenal’s title hopes. A defeat would leave Kane scratching his head, thinking ‘even our arch-rivals have gone clear of us – what am I doing here?’”
Harry Kane has the chance to create history for Spurs in the fixture and tie Jimmy Greaves as our all-time top-scorer with 266 goals. He has 265 to his right now, and has netted 14 times in the north London derby.
Merson makes good points. At 29, Kane doesn’t have long left in his career to be able to be patient if he really wants to retire from football with a trophy cabinet that reflects his ability on the pitch.
For a player who is smashing records left, right, and centre, silverware is important. Manchester City wanted to sign him in the summer of 2021 while Bayern Munich were linked with him last summer.
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We have to do our best to show that Spurs is still the best project for him. His contract, after all, expires at the end of the next campaign, which is a worrying prospect for us.