Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Paul Stalteri explained to talkSPORT that he learned during pre-season that his old club’s plans for this campaign had nothing to do with Harry Kane.
Kane has been Tottenham’s main man up front and has scored an amazing 29 goals in all competitions, which has led to a call up into Roy Hodgson’s England squad for games against Lithuania and Italy.
However, Stalteri’s comments back up the recent suggestion made by former manager Tim Sherwood that Kane was not part of the club’s long term thinking.
“I remember when Spurs were in Toronto for pre-season and I met up with them, there was no real talk about Harry and the upcoming season and what he could do for the club in terms of numbers,” said Stalteri.
“They planned on Soldado hitting those numbers instead of him – He’s come through and has been massive for them. Let’s be really straight and see where Tottenham would be without him.”
Kane recently signed a new contract to commit his long term future to the club, removing the possibility that he could move on in the summer.
It shouldn’t be viewed as a negative that he wasn’t in the picture before the season started and Spurs deserve credit for adapting and rewarding him for his impact in various formats for the club.
The real challenge for Tottenham is going to come when they start preparing and planning for next season because Kane is no longer an unknown commodity.
He has to find different ways to reinvent his game to stay effective and if he does that, there’s a good chance he’ll fire the side to Champions League football next season, if they don’t finish in the top four by the end of this season.