Dimitar Berbatov believes it’s inevitable that Harry Kane will be considering his Tottenham future as he seeks to become one of the world’s best strikers.
Kane has cut an increasingly frustrated figure recently with his goals not enough to spare Spurs of their terrible start to the season. It’s led many, like Berbatov, to question whether it’s time for him to move elsewhere.
At 26, the England captain is now entering his peak years and will understandably want to fill his potential.
But Kane is still searching for that elusive first piece of silverware in his career. He’s come close on three occasions by finishing runner-up in the EFL Cup and Champions League, while reaching the UEFA Nations League semi-finals with England in the summer.
And hopes of finally succeeding this season appear unlikely after League Two side Colchester dumped Spurs out of the EFL Cup. Furthermore, Mauricio Pochettino’s side haven’t won a Champions League game yet.
Then, to make matters even worse, Kane couldn’t spare even England from losing 2-1 to the Czech Republic on Friday.
So, Berbatov has now questioned whether starring for Spurs on a regular basis is enough for Kane.
“Harry is scoring goals, but Spurs aren’t performing well. That’s a tough situation and I’ve been there before myself,” the ex-Spurs striker told Betfair.
“Now he’s on an international break, what happens if he doesn’t get the results he wants with England? He won’t feel good about that.
“I think he will be fine, but I do question if he is out of his comfort zone. Is he asking the right questions of himself?
“Yes, he’s starting for the team, he’s playing regularly and still scoring goals. But is that enough? Is he going to grow and develop constantly if he wants to be among the very best of the very best.
“So, for me, he has questions to answer.
“You can see, after every defeat, how unhappy he is with the result and any chances he may have missed.
“But that shows passion and how much he cares about Spurs.”
Should Kane decide to leave north London, he won’t be short of pursuers with even Real Madrid having expressed an interest last year.
The two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner is not only either who faces an uncertain future with three other Spurs players in Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen out of contract next summer.
Berbatov added: “I am sure that Harry Kane is asking questions and challenging himself privately – with his coach, with his agent and with his team-mates.
“They will all be talking with each other to try and get out of the situation that they are in at Spurs.
“In the end, it’s up to him to decide what to do about his future.”