‘Without Harry Kane, I seriously think we could be fighting RELEGATION’: Jamie O’Hara makes bold claim that Tottenham may plummet into survival scrap next season if talismanic striker is sold this summer
- Harry Kane has scored 28 of Tottenham’s 66 Premier League goals this term
- The striker has been eyed hungrily by Manchester United, PSG, and Bayern
- MATT BARLOW: Where would Spurs be without Kane? They may find out soon
Jamie O’Hara has argued that Tottenham could face a relegation battle next season should they lose Harry Kane this summer.
Kane’s uncertain future in north London has been longed discussed ahead of the talismanic striker entering the final year of his contract.
The England captain has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United – despite chairman Daniel Levy’s longstanding unwillingness to sell his highly-prized player to a Premier League rival – with interest also coming internationally from clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.
The 29-year-old has been at the club since joining the youth academy in 2004, but is believed to have his eyes a future at a club where he can regularly compete for silverware.
After a turbulent 2022/23 campaign, Tottenham’s place in European contention is in doubt, with the club currently sitting eighth in the table after losing 3-1 to Brentford in their final home game of the season on Saturday.
The loss of Harry Kane could lead to Tottenham being drawn into a relegation fight next term
Jamie O’Hara made the bold claim on talkSPORT to host Laura Woods, with Tottenham’s European future still unknown
Ryan Mason’s side were met with a hailstorm of boos after the final whistle as Kane took part in a ‘lap of appreciation’ in what could be his last home appearance for Spurs.
O’Hara’s damning indictment on Tottenham’s future without their star came as the former Spurs midfielder discussed Kane on talkSPORT with host Laura Woods.
‘Obviously we all hope that he sticks around and signs a new contract,’ O’Hara began.
‘Because Laura, without Harry Kane, I seriously think we could be fighting relegation next season.’
Woods appeared immediately shocked by the statement, and simply replied: ‘No’.
‘We are that bad without him,’ O’Hara continued. ‘We have been solely dependent on Harry Kane to score us goals and do stuff for us.
‘And I think the lack of ambition that we’ve shown and the players that we’ve signed that haven’t been good enough, if he leaves, we are in big, big, trouble.
‘And I feel like he’s got to leave, why would he stay? The guy wants to win something, the guy deserves to win trophies. I just don’t see that changing next season.’
Kane has scored a mammoth 28 of Tottenham’s 66 Premier League goals this season, and his contributions have kept Spurs in the increasingly-unlikely race for Europe.
But O’Hara argued that is Kane was to stay at the club and in turn save them from his bleak prediction, the move would ‘lack ambition’.
‘If he doesn’t leave, he lacks ambition doesn’t he? Let’s be honest,’ O’Hara continued.
‘If he doesn’t leave and a club does come in for him and Spurs go, ‘you know what, we will probably look at having to sell you.’
The 29-year-old’s inch-perfect freekick initially put Spurs ahead before Brentford won the tie
The striker’s uncertain future meant that Saturday’s loss might have been Kane’s final home match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
‘And he doesn’t go to let’s say Manchester United, then I think he lacks ambition.’
Levy will have a difficult decision to make during the summer transfer window, but the greater risk could be holding onto the striker and seeing him depart in 2024 for nothing.
Spurs will hope Kane is at his best in their final match of the season against a desperate Leeds side fighting against the drop.
Should that, and the results of Brighton and Villa’s ties, go the team’s way, they could yet compete in Europe next season.
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