Former Tottenham star Rafael Van der Vaart has labelled Harry Kane the second best striker in world football and believes he should consider a transfer to Manchester United.
Kane has established himself as the Premier League’s best goalscorer right now and is currently ninth in the all-time list on 160 goals.
The England captain has been Tottenham’s talisman for years but his exploits have failed to reflect any silverware.
Kane could win his first trophy at Spurs when Jose Mourinho’s side face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley this month, but the long-term possibility of sustained success appears unlikely.
That has led to a huge debate during the March international break about whether Kane should show ambition and move to an elite club where he is more likely to collect silverware and validate his individual brilliance.
United great Roy Keane weighed in on the debate this week, suggesting Kane should seek a transfer elsewhere as he won’t get the success he desires in North London.
“If you’re in his shoes and it comes to the summer, I think the guy has to move on to really win the big prizes,” Keane told ITV, as quoted by PunditArena.
“He’s not going to do it at Tottenham.”
Former Dutch international Van der Vaart spent two successful seasons at Tottenham and believes Kane should prefer a move to United rather than going abroad to a European super-giant like Real Madrid.
“When he first came to train with us, he was eighteen years old, and I swear to you, Gomes, our goalkeeper at the time, said: he can’t do a damn thing.
“You see, he is now the best striker after Lewandowski.
“He (Keane) is right, although, of course, he is the man at Tottenham. It may sound crazy, but you would almost say go to Manchester United or something, stay in England.
“Usually, it’s not such a success when an English player goes to Madrid.”
Kane is a guaranteed Premier League goalscorer which makes him such a desirable option for the likes of United and Manchester City should he become available.
Despite Van der Vaart’s comments, he also may prefer a challenge like Real Madrid to prove his ability on the continent should he leave North London.
Anyhow, the Manchester Evening News reported on Wednesday that Tottenham are confident they can keep hold of their prized asset this summer and have no interest in selling him to a Premier League rival.