Will Harry Kane follow in Shearer and Gerrard's footsteps?

The Newcastle United and Liverpool legends stayed at their clubs for years. Will the Tottenham Hotspur striker do the same?

After Rodney Marsh claimed Harry Kane must leave Tottenham in order to fulfill his potential, a debate was created about the 22-year-old's long-term future.

Right now, Kane's Tottenham status isn't under question. The striker is a White Hart Lane man through and through and looks as though he will be for some time.

But Marsh has suggested he will - or at least should - be tempted by a move away from the north London club in the long term.

The other side of the debate then presented itself on Twitter, when Graham Roberts hit back, suggesting staying with Spurs will mean more to the young centre-forward than a move away.

That can certainly be argued for Newcastle's Alan Shearer and Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, who, despite whatever can be said about offers to move elsewhere, eventually stuck it out with their clubs to earn legendary status with them.

Kane resembles them both with his joy at playing for England and loyalty to his club. Shearer has openly discussed turning Manchester United down in favour of a Newcastle stay and Gerrard remained with Liverpool until his move to LA Galaxy this summer.

But does the modern market make things too tempting for 22-year-olds like Kane nowadays? Raheem Sterling is an interesting example. He spent time at Liverpool for as long as he felt he could but ultimately made the switch to Manchester City as soon as he saw the Reds weren't really going anywhere.

Kane and Tottenham is a different kettle of fish, more akin to Shearer at Newcastle - even copying his celebration for England. It's difficult to tell how things will be in a few years, though... 

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