Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane was close to joining Manchester City over the summer, and continues to be linked with a move away from north London in the coming months
Former England striker Peter Crouch has told current Three Lions captain Harry Kane to consider the contrasting careers of Michael Owen and Robin van Persie when weighing up his next move.
Kane has been linked with a summer switch to Manchester United, especially if the Red Devils end up appointing his former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino as their next permanent manager, while Manchester City have also been linked with a renewed bid.
The 28-year-old has been at Spurs for his entire playing career, playing his 250th Premier League game for the club this season, but has yet to win a trophy in Tottenham colours despite a number of close calls.
And, after Owen, Van Persie and former Spurs favourite Teddy Sheringham all won silverware after moving to Old Trafford, Crouch has weighed in on the situation facing Kane.
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“It is such a hard decision, the emotional pull weighed against a fear that your career goes unfulfilled,” Crouch wrote in his column for The Mail, explaining he isn’t sure what he would do if presented with the same situation.
“I always think back to Michael Owen. He went and won things elsewhere but then he isn’t Steven Gerrard when he walks through the doors at Anfield. He could have been.
“Yet the flipside is looking at Robin van Persie or Teddy Sheringham. These guys chose to make their moves to Manchester United and it paid off with league titles. If you think I’m going round in circles, imagine what must be going on inside Harry’s head. “
Kane’s time at Tottenham has seen him finish as runner-up in the Premier League, Carabao Cup and Champions League, though he has won the golden boot in the English top flight on three occasions.
He is also on the verge of becoming Spurs’ all-time top scorer, closing to within 30 goals of Jimmy Greaves this season after scoring 18 in all competitions.
Kane has three in his last three outings, including a last-minute winner away to Manchester City, but former Spurs goalscorer Crouch has pointed to an increased chance of trophies if the talisman leaves the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
“If Harry were to join Manchester City, for argument’s sake, then he is with players on his level,” the 41-year-old wrote.
“He is guaranteed trophies, will score 30 goals every season and might even break Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of 260 goals. There are plenty of advantages.
“But there is just something in staying at Tottenham. The opportunity to take your kids in the coming years, for example. Look, there is daddy’s statue. Here, we are going to a lounge with our name. There is something in that. Not many, especially now, become genuine legends.”