Phil Neville suggests Harry Kane may need to leave Tottenham to become ‘world class’

Pundit Phil Neville smiles prior to The Emirates FA Cup Final match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on May 21, 2016 in London, England.

The striker scored a brace to help Tottenham beat Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Harry Kane #10 of Tottenham Hotspur reacts in the second half against Roma during the International Champions Cup on July 25, 2017 at Red Bull Arena  in Harrison, New Jersey.

Harry Kane turned in a sublime performance as Tottenham defeated Borussia Dortmund at Wembley in the Champions League, but he may have to leave in order to realise his full potential.

That’s the opinion of BBC pundit Phil Neville, who told BBC 5 Live (13/09) that he thought Kane would need to quit north London if he wants to be considered a “world class” striker.

“He could have to leave Spurs to become that real top, top, world class, Lewandowski type player,” the former Manchester United defender said.

Despite a stat from Sky Sports showing that the England international has scored the same number of goals as Cristiano Ronaldo in 2017, but in less games, Neville feels that Kane would only be considered among the best in Europe if he delivers regularly for on the big stage.

“If Spurs maintain being just a top four team, that will not be good enough for somebody like Harry Kane. I think he needs to be challenging for Ballon d’Ors, I think he needs to be challenging for Champions Leagues.

“But if Spurs are always going to be that ‘nearly’ team, eventually he’ll want to leave and join a Real Madrid or Barcelona,” Neville added.

Kane scored the second and third goals, as well as laying on the assist for Heung-min Son’s opener, to fire Tottenham to the perfect start in Champions League Group H.

Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson and Marcus Rashford of England applaud the travelling fans after the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Malta and England at Ta'Qali National Stadium on...

Their 3-1 win sets them up perfectly ahead of a trip to APOEL next time, with a double-header against defending champions Madrid, where Kane will really be able to test himself against the best.

However, Neville believes there will always be a doubt over Kane’s ability until he joins a big club and proves himself at that level, in the same way Robert Lewandowski had to with Bayern Munich:

“When he [Lewandowski] went to Bayern Munich and proved for one of the biggest clubs in world football, people started to then think ‘Lewandowski is world class’.”

 

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