Jamie Carragher has warned Harry Kane that he might tarnish his reputation after reportedly missing Tottenham training to push through a move away.
The Harry Kane situation is already labelled a saga, although the real tense moments are only beginning. The England captain was due to join pre-season training after an extended holiday following his exploits at the Euros. He failed to show for training with reports claiming that it is an attempt to force a move away from the club.
The Spurs striker expressed his desire to leave the club at the end of last season after growing frustrated at the lack of trophies. One of the best goalscorers in the game, Kane has no honours to show for his efforts. The England captain has desires to win titles, with Manchester City favourites to sign him in this window.
Pep Guardiola’s side are already making efforts to sign Jack Grealish in a reported £100 million move and remain prepared to spend big on Kane. The striker is valued at over £150 million by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
Kane suggests he had a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with Levy to leave the club in this window; however, the Spurs honcho remains adamant over a departure. Hence, the striker has decided to take matters into his own hands and made his first move by refusing to arrive for training. Spurs are expected to fine Kane for his demeanour, although they might discuss a transfer with Man City.
Spurs had already rejected a reported £100 million-plus-player offer from Manchester City earlier in the summer. The North London side then suggested he may not leave, although recent reports suggested they might accept an offer worth £160 million for Kane.
However, Kane has attracted widespread criticism from Tottenham fans and many pundits for missing training. Many suggest he could tarnish his reputation, and among those is former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher. He and Rio Ferdinand were involved in a Twitter debate over the situation with Kane.
At first, Ferdinand tweeted out in support of Kane, saying, “I’m not saying that Harry Kane and his tactics to leave are wrong (if we are to believe what’s being said). Harry wants trophies, and he ain’t getting any younger.”
Carragher strongly was against Ferdinand over the tweet. The former Liverpool defender responded, “I disagree. It is wrong not to turn up for training. We all know he wants to go and can totally understand why. But Harry should not ruin his name or relationship with the supporters who idolise him just to get the move. Spurs will always be HIS club.”
I disagree, it is wrong not to turn up for training. We all know he wants to go & can totally understand why. But Harry should not ruin his name or relationship with the supporters who idolise him just to get the move. Spurs will always be HIS club. #Kane https://t.co/cSVZZXKMgw
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) August 2, 2021
The arguments have merits of their own. Ferdinand believes Kane’s behaviour might force Spurs into sitting down with him, evaluating his future, and possibly letting him leave. Carragher, meanwhile, suggests a more emotional point. Kane has become the player he is at Tottenham, and his behaviour could tarnish his reputation with the fanbase. He is right in that aspect and believes Kane shouldn’t have taken such drastic steps.
It has since been reported that Kane will make a return to training with Tottenham, albeit belatedly, as he will have to self-isolate for some period after holidaying in the Caribbean.