Paul Merson has advised Harry Kane to leave Tottenham as he doubts the striker will become the Premier League’s greatest goalscorer or win trophies under Jose Mourinho.
Kane has been one of the most prolific strikers in world football over the past decade, scoring 181 goals in 278 appearances for Tottenham and a further 32 goals for England.
With 136 league goals, Kane currently sits 13th in the list of record Premier League goalscorers and is chasing Alan Shearer’s record of 260.
But Arsenal legend Merson cannot see Kane reaching that figure under pragmatic manager Mourinho and says he may need to leave Tottenham to fulfill his ambition of winning trophies.
‘If Harry Kane wants to win stuff, he may have to leave Tottenham,’ Merson told Sky Sports.
‘Will Kane get six or seven chances a game playing the way Jose Mourinho does? I don’t think so. For me that’s what he needs to weigh up.
‘He loves scoring goals, he wants to play for an attacking team, but I don’t see that happening next season, if Mourinho makes it tight and starts playing the way that made him one of the best managers of all time, and I think that’s what Kane is weighing up.’
Merson added: ‘Harry Kane won’t be getting five chances a game any longer, and he will have to weigh that up because he loves scoring goals.
‘I don’t think Kane will want to be in a team where he is getting 10 goals a season, even if Spurs are further up the league.
‘How has Jose Mourinho managed to play with big-name strikers before? The likes of Didier Drogba at Chelsea and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United were focal point players, where you drop the ball into them and they have players running off them.
‘Harry Kane doesn’t want to be that. Kane wants to get involved in a different way, get down the channels, drop short and shoot.
‘He’s an intelligent footballer, and I don’t think he will want to be a focal point player.’
Earlier this week, Kane admitted he could leave Tottenham if the club do not progress because he wants to win trophies ‘sooner rather than later’.
And Merson said: ‘I hope that winning trophies is on Kane’s mind.
‘At the end of the day, these players earn enough to not work another day’s worth when their career is over. The money shouldn’t come into it too much.
‘He also has to think whether he wants to become the top Premier League goalscorer of all time. I don’t see that happening if he stays at Tottenham under Mourinho.
‘If he wants to break the record, I think he needs to move on, too. But that would have to be to a Premier League team, so there is a lot for Harry Kane to think about.
‘But overall, you want to see Harry Kane winning trophies, for his brilliance on the pitch.’
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