Journalist Shaun Custis has given his views on the Harry Kane saga following his absence during Tottenham’s first game of the season against Manchester City.
Whilst a goal from Son Heung-min was enough for Tottenham Hotspur to take home all three points on Sunday against Pep Guardiola’s side, there was just as much talk about what was happening off the pitch, with the England captain not featuring in the matchday squad.
Absence has played a big part in the Kane transfer saga recently, with some controversy surrounding his non-appearance at training following his summer break.
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And whilst he has been included in the Spurs side to face Pacos de Ferreira in a Europa Conference League qualifier on Thursday, speaking on TalkSport, Custis felt that if he did play in Portugal, it shouldn’t be interpreted that he was going to be staying in north London this summer:
“I wouldn’t read too much into it if he plays on Thursday, because I think that’s a free pass for him. It’s a chance to get match-fit, it’s away without any of the Spurs fans there. He won’t be cup-tied if he plays in it.
“So it’s a free game for him to just go, I don’t think that influences whether he’s staying or whether he’s going – it’s the next one, next Sunday, which is the key.”
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With all the points that Custis raises, you can certainly see the logic behind his thinking, because none of it is really going to make an impact on a potential transfer out of the club. The only factor that could play a part in it that Custis hasn’t mentioned is perhaps a potential injury.
Because whilst Tottenham will reportedly turn down any bid that comes in for him, playing him in a game like this and exposing a player who could be worth as much as £150m should they potentially go back on their word and decide to sell him could throw the deal into chaos.
So in theory, if Kane does play on Thursday, then that could be a sign that leans towards him staying, because it means the only risk they are concerned with is the impact on their side rather than what it could do to a potential transfer.