Tottenham Hotspur stood their ground during the summer, with Daniel Levy refusing to sell Harry Kane on the cheap. But now, with Kane looking disinterested, Spurs is a difficult place, particularly for new boss Nuno
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has my utmost respect.
There have been times when he has got the better end of a deal that I’m punching the air.
And one of those times came in the summer when he didn’t let the richest club in the country bully him into selling his star man to them.
But there can sometimes be a frustration with character’s such as Levy, too, that they dig in their heels even when it might suit them to find common ground in a deal.
And he doesn’t let Harry Kane join Manchester City in January then this will be one of them.
You could see against Crystal Palace and Chelsea, and again on Sunday against Arsenal, that Kane’s eyes have glazed over.
It’s a bit like he’s thinking, ‘What is going on?’
It reminds me a little bit of Romelu Lukaku towards the end at Manchester United and how Eden Hazard was in his ‘dip’ seasons at Chelsea.
Kane’s not as demonstrative, not as obvious, as other players, but you can see he’s not quite right.
As such, opponents know he’s struggling.
Then there’s teammates, such as Heung-min Son, who’ll be thinking, ‘Hang on a minute, I’ve done the hard yards, I’ve worked my socks off for years and I’ve just signed a new contract, so where’s my love?’
The situation isn’t helping anyone at Tottenham and certainly not Nuno Espirito Santo.
The way things are going, if this becomes a serious slump then his job could be under threat.
But, whatever the coming weeks hold, he is already in a position to say, ‘Daniel, you employed me to do a job here, but how can I do a job when the main man is not looking good, that’s starting to impact on the other players?
‘What if we get £100million, £105m for Harry? Let me look at the options to be able to buy a Raul Jimenez, for example, let’s freshen things up in two or three positions, which we could do with that sort of money’.
And then he is being given the tools he needs to have a fair crack in north London.
City are clearly still on the hunt for a striker in January with rumours of them trying to extricate Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain.
Kane will be seeing stories like that on his phone and be saying to his agent-brother, Charlie, ‘Tell City I still want to come’.
He could go there and in six months get 15 to 18 goals, a Premier League winners’ or Champions League winners’ medal and be happy.
Likewise City with their acquisition and likewise Spurs and Nuno with their money and their replacements.
I do feel a bit for Kane because he has been left in the middle by the two clubs and it’s not easy to just pull your finger out, as some people will be telling him.
But Nuno deserves a fully fit and fully motivated squad and, while I hate saying it, because I hate the idea of money dictating, in this situation it would be the best thing for everyone involved if City were to get the England captain when the transfer window reopens.