Harry Kane has proven once again why he would be ideal for Manchester United – right in front of Erik ten Hag.
The 29-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer which, if completed, would surely see Kane break Alan Shearer’s record as the Premier League’s all-time top scorer.
That doesn’t mean the striker wouldn’t be able to do it at Spurs, but with Champions League hopes now fading despite a 2-2 draw, Kane has a big decision to make about his future this summer.
He is under contract at Tottenham next season, but his current contract only runs until the end of that season. If he doesn’t accept the new terms, he will become a free agent in July 2024.
Kane found no net against his potential future employers on Thursday night – but he showed Ten Hag exactly how he would change and reshape United’s attack against a potential title shot next season.
Kane proves he’s the perfect signing for Man Utd
Spurs entered half-time 2-0 with United leading the game.
But Kane, Tottenham’s captain on the night due to injury to club skipper Hugo Lloris, pushed his side. He did the same against Newcastle, pushing through the Magpies defence to score a superb solo goal into the bottom corner.
With Eddie Howe’s side leading 5-0 before his goal, the goal was unlikely to affect the result. But this was Kane at his best.
Against United, he showed his versatile qualities. His hold-up game was excellent and he caused a lot of problems for centre-backs Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw.
One such example was in the 74th minute when he pulled out a Lindelof foul from 40 yards out. Then Kane got to the back post of the ensuing free kick for a try to shoot over the goal. He must have been devastated that no Spurs player could make it to the end.
In another move, the Spurs’ number 10 tapped in a cross for Richarlison, who failed to fully hit his header.
Kane sank several times, as is almost normal for the English top scorer. There was also his range. It’s hard to find a striker of Kane’s style who can find his teammates so regularly and bring others into the game, but the 29-year-old does it time and time again.
And it was Kane who collected the ball from a deep area that led to Spurs’ equalizer – perhaps the game’s greatest quality. He charged forward before delivering the ball perfectly to Son Heung-min, who fired from close range to make it 2-2.
In the end, Kane didn’t score, but he proved that he is far more than just putting the ball in the net.
In doing so, he revealed why United needed to spend the reported £100million, as well as Spurs chairman Daniel Levy calling for the sale of his star asset.