There’s a very real possibility that Tottenham lose Harry Kane this summer.
The striker has been the subject of interest from Manchester City for quite some time now, and it seems as though that move could get over the line before the end of the window.
Of course, the rational reaction to losing your best player is to despair, but there may be reason to believe that a post-Kane Tottenham can be even better.
Think about it. While Harry Kane is a fantastic talent, Tottenham have finished seventh in each of the last two seasons – that, simply put, is not good enough.
Yes, it’s been amazing to watch him score goals and grab assists on a weekly basis, their over-reliance on Kane may be a detriment to the team.
Just look at how Spurs played on Sunday, they were a unit rather than ‘the Harry Kane team’ as Pep Guardiola once called them, and that’s not the first time Spurs have looked better without Kane.
No Spurs fan needs reminding that Tottenham actually reached the Champions League final without their star man, and that’s probably Spurs’ greatest achievement of the past 20 years.
We’ve seen before on many occasions that these so-called ‘one man teams’ can actually get even better once their star player has been sold, so long as the funds are reinvested properly.
Liverpool are an example of this in recent years, improving drastically after selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, but perhaps the best example of a club who has done this is Atletico Madrid, who’ve done it not once, not twice, but three times.
In the early 2010s Atleti had a talisman by the name of Radamel Falcao. The Colombian was arguably the best number nine in the world at that point, scoring 70 goals in 91 appearances for the Madrid outfit during his time there.
Inevitably, a big-money move was on the horizon, and oil-rich Monaco came in for the striker in 2013.
However, rather than panicking and despairing after losing their best player, Atletico got to work on building for life after Falcao.
Lo and behold, Atleti were actually a better team without the Colombian, they gave Diego Costa a more important role the next season, and they won the league, with Costa scoring 27 goals that term.
Once again, the so-called bigger clubs took notice of what Costa was doing over in Spain and he ended up moving to Chelsea, but once again Atletico Madrid bounced back, coming within seconds of winning the Champions League that next season.
This trend continued in Madrid when Antoine Griezmann left the club in 2019, and here we are again two years later with Diego Simeone’s side once again the reigning Spanish champions.
Losing your best player doesn’t have to be the end of the world. If Kane does end up moving to City, Fabio Paratici will have over £100m to spend, and when you factor in that Spurs already have one of the Premier League’s best attackers in Heung-min Son, it shouldn’t be hard to make Tottenham a better side, even without Kane.
Are Spurs going to follow Atletico’s path and win the Premier League after Kane’s departure? It’s unlikely, but based on how savvy Paratici is in the transfer window and how good the north London club looked on Sunday, there’s reason to believe they can do a whole lot better than finishing seventh this season, even without the England captain.
There is a future after Harry Kane, and if Paratici plays his cards right, that future could look bright.