Harry Kane may struggle to resist the temptation to leave Tottenham in search of major honours at the end of the season, believes former Spurs striker Frederic Kanoute.
While Kane has hit 25 Premier League goals during another fine individual campaign, his quest to win a first major trophy never looked likely to end during a frustrating season for Spurs.
Tottenham sit nine points adrift of the top four after Sunday’s dramatic 4-3 defeat at Liverpool, and chairman Daniel Levy has already sacked two head coaches in the form of Antonio Conte and his interim replacement Cristian Stellini.
With Kane about to enter the final 12 months of his contract, reports have suggested he could be targeted by Manchester United in the upcoming transfer window, while Paris Saint-Germain are also said to hold an interest in the 29-year-old.
Kane wanted to leave Tottenham for Manchester City in 2021, and Kanoute believes the England captain could be enticed by the prospect of an exit this time around.
Speaking to Stats Perform at LaLiga x Bloomsbury Football League event, Kanoute said: “I can’t speak on his behalf but, obviously, the fans would be really, really disappointed if he leaves the club because he’s been fantastic.
“At the same time, I think they understand as well that it could be a good opportunity, a huge opportunity for him to win trophies.
“I think he will be a little bit conflicted in the next choice he is going to have to make.”
Tottenham are yet to name Conte’s permanent successor, with Ryan Mason taking the reins as acting head coach following Stellini’s exit.
With the likes of Julian Nagelsmann, Xabi Alonso and Vincent Kompany linked with the role, Kanoute has urged Spurs to look to the future with their next appointment.
“I wish all the best for Mason and I hope he’s going to do a great job, but we all think it’s going to be temporary,” he said.
“Obviously the next appointment is going to be super important as I think it should be a long-term appointment, but as we know nowadays in football, there’s not much patience.
“I just hope the new coach will start with a few wins that will bring some positive momentum for the club.
“It’s obvious that they’re missing silverware and that’s all the Tottenham fans are hoping that Tottenham can finally win a trophy, but I think there’s a kind of unsettlement in the team.
“If you want a trophy, you have to build it up, to have a certain stability with the coach, with the philosophy of what kind of football you want to deliver to the fans.
“I think they’re still to reach that stability, so they can finally thrive in their football.”