Michael Owen says it’s ‘now or never’ for Harry Kane and insists he can’t be blamed for wanting a new challenge… as Tottenham fans slam club and owners for ‘failing’ their star striker with ‘false promises’
- Michael Owen says Harry Kane cannot be blamed for wanting a new challenge
- The Tottenham striker has told the club that he wants to leave this summer
- Owen claimed it would be a shame if Kane ended his career without any medals
- Spurs fans criticised the club for ‘failing’ their star forward with ‘false promises’
Michael Owen has insisted Harry Kane cannot be blamed for wanting a new challenge after the Tottenham striker told the club he wants to leave this summer.
Kane has told Spurs owner Daniel Levy that he wants to join a new club ahead of next season and is keen to have his future sorted before the start of Euro 2020.
And former Liverpool and Manchester United forward Owen thinks it is ‘now or never’ for the England captain.
Michael Owen says Tottenham striker Harry Kane cannot be blamed for wanting to leave
The striker has told Spurs of his desire to join a new club before the start of next season
Writing on Twitter, Owen said: ‘You can’t blame @HKane wanting a new challenge. It’s a short career and @SpursOfficial are miles off winning things at present. It was now or never.
‘He’s shown great loyalty but it would be a huge shame if he finishes his career with no medals to show for it.’
Kane is yet to win a trophy with his boyhood club, despite scoring 220 goals in 334 games, and the 27-year-old has regularly spoken of his desire to win the biggest prizes in football.
Kane is yet to win a trophy with his boyhood club despite scoring 220 goals in 334 games
Former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara said fans would respect Kane’s desire to move on in search of trophies.
He told talkSPORT: ‘Normally you’d get criticism massively and the fans would turn against you,” O’Hara said. “I don’t think that’s going to happen.
‘He’s been a fantastic servant to the football club. Fans love him and I think everyone can see that he’s given everything and tried to get us over the line with trophies and winning finals.
‘We haven’t got it done and the ambition of the club hasn’t been good enough.
‘I think it’s fair to say that we’ve got a world class striker in Harry Kane and you can’t keep someone like that – we’re talking about a top five striker in the world – when we’re finishing sixth or seventh the league. The fans understand that.
Spurs fans criticised the club, claiming their star striker has been let down by ‘false promises’
Supporters also said the club had failed the forward by failing to build a winning squad
Tottenham fans took to Twitter to criticise the club for ‘failing’ their star striker over the last few years.
One supporter wrote: ‘Kane is leaving because he has been let down my false promises over the years. Levy, time and time again, has failed the club. Now we’re on course of losing our best player. Again! And we know how Levy will reinvest… (sic).’
Another added: ‘IF Kane has made a request to leave the board should respect his wishes, it’s the least tehy can do having failed him and the fans by not building a winning squad around him.’
Several fans also shared their disappointment over the prospect of their talisman leaving.
One tweeted: ‘I’ve supported Spurs for 33 years. In that time we’ve had so much disappointment but the day Harry Kane leaves the club will be the darkest day for me.
‘I can’t imagine Spurs without him. Cheers Daniel Levy and ENIC. This, you’ll never be forgiven for.’
Another supporter wrote: ‘If @SpursOfficial let @HKane leave (our best ever player, Spurs fan, Spurs family, brought up around Tottenha, ONE OF OUR OWN) then that says everything we need to know about the owners and their priorities and ambitions.’
Others shared their disappointment at the possibility of losing one of their greatest players
Fans also said letting Kane leave would show a lack of ambition from the club’s owners
Charlie Austin claimed that the England captain would be ‘perfect’ for Manchester United
The West Brom forward followed up his first post by saying he would be perfect for any club
Kane has been linked with moves to a host of European clubs including both Manchester teams, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.
West Brom forward Charlie Austin tweeted that Kane would be ‘perfect’ for United before following up his post with another tweet which read: ‘Harry Kane is perfect for any football club!’
Former Tottenham and Chelsea defender Jason Cundy believes the forward will end up in the North West.
He told talkSPORT: ‘There’ll be a front runner & I think it’s up north. I think it’ll be Manchester, probably the blue half.
‘The only way I can see him going to Chelsea is if there’s a bidding war & they offer more.’
Speaking to Sky Sports, Clinton Morrison added that negotiations for the striker will go on for a ‘long time’.