Jamie Carragher has issued Tottenham Hotspur with a warning regarding the future of Spurs and England talisman Harry Kane in his Telegraph column.
The 26-year-old striker has been sensational for Tottenham over the past few years, coming through the Spurs ranks and becoming an indispensable player for club and country.
To date, Kane has registered 181 goals and 30 assists for Tottenham, as well as 32 goals from 45 England caps.
However, despite his heroics for Spurs, he is yet to lift a major trophy with the North London club.
Kane warned Tottenham last week that he wouldn’t remain at the club “for the sake of it”, and suggested he was willing to leave if he felt Spurs weren’t progressing.
Carragher fears that, after a series of long-term injuries in recent seasons, alongside the expected significant and widespread financial difficulties in wake of the current global health crisis, Kane may actually struggle to find any potential buyers.
As a result, the Liverpool legend reckons Kane – who turns 27 in July – needs to act fast.
“Other than the Manchester clubs, where can Kane go? And how viable is a move to the Etihad or Old Trafford?” Carragher wrote in The Telegraph.
“City need a long-term replacement for Sergio Aguero, who is one of the greats but approaching his 32nd birthday. I suspect they are more likely to spend big on a player in his early twenties.
“Kane turns 27 in July. We have no idea when the next transfer window will open or next season start. If Kane does not leave soon, the situation gets trickier for him.
“When players hit 28, psychologically it makes a big difference to clubs. They see him as nearer 30, recognise there is no resale value and baulk at high valuations.
“In other circumstances, the Tottenham striker’s comments suggesting he would consider a move in the near future would be reasonable.
“Spurs fans may not like it, but I can understand why Kane is wondering whether his trophy ambitions will be served elsewhere.”
For a player of Kane’s calibre to not have a single major trophy to his name at 26 years old is concerning.
Football careers aren’t particularly long, and strikers tend to peak around their mid to late twenties, so Kane will surely have some thinking to do this summer, as Carragher suggested.
Likewise, if Spurs want to hang on to Kane, they need to do their bit and convince him that they’re serious about silverware – and strengthen their ranks accordingly.