Gary Lineker gives his verdict on whether Tottenham improved or not following Kane’s departure


Tottenham had a season full of ups and downs. This was the first full season of their manager Ange Postecoglou. They also lost their main man Harry Kane this season who joined Bayern Munich for a club record fee. Even though Harry Kane had a pretty good season with Bayern Munich reaching the UCL quater finals.

Individually he had an even better season scoring 44 goals and providing 12 assists in 45 games. Tottenham also had a pretty decent season however the question is where they would be with Harry Kane in the squad. Harry Kane has been the main man for Tottenham for a numerous seasons now. He is currently second all time top scorer in Premier League with 213 goals only behind Alan Shearer who stands at 260 goals. Gary Lineker gave his predictions for this scenario.

According to Paul Merson, Tottenham would have ended in the bottom half of the table without their former striker Harry Kane. However Ange Postecoglou did a pretty good job with this Tottenham squad post Harry Kane era. He led them to a fifth place finish without Harry Kane. They had a pretty good start to the season. There were signs Ange Postecoglou could be the man to finally end their trophy drought. This form was cut short after several injuries and their main scorer Son losing his goal-scoring form.

Things also looked pretty rough during the end of season, which saw them win just two of their last seven games. Now according to Gary Lineker Tottenham would have qualified for Champions League with Harry Kane in the squad. “I still think, with Harry Kane, they would’ve made top four,” Lineker said on the Rest is Football podcast.

An extend of Gary Lineker prediction

Gary Lineker prediction of Tottenham qualifying can be true. However if we look at the end of the season the Harry Kane transfer had one more effect. Harry Kane leaving can be one of the reason of Arsenal not winning the Premier League. During the final run of fixtures Tottenham faced Manchester City in a title deciding match. In case Manchester City dropped points, Tottenham’s North London rivals Arsenal would have won the title.

During this clash Heung-min Son got a clear chance on the goal, which he unexpectedly missed. This crucial miss allowed Man City to win the match and clinch the title. Many football fans believed if Harry Kane got the chance instead of Son, there will be more probability to score. If Manchester City had dropped points in that match, Arsenal would have clinched the title. However, Arsenal suffered the same faith as Liverpool.

Harry Kane even after having an amazing season went trophyless yet again. What was thought to be Tottenham curse has now turned into Harry Kane curse. Bayern Munich overall had a pretty disappointing season. They lost the league title to an unbeaten Bayer Leverkusen under Xabi Alonso. They crashed out of DFB Pokal in just the second round against Saarbrucken. Bayern Munich also crashed out of Champions League against Real Madrid who went on to be champions. At this point even the rival fans feel bad for Harry Kane who deserves at least one trophy in his career. Kane will get his next chance in the upcoming UEFA Euro with the Three Lions. Given the squad England has currently, there should be no excuse of them losing this tournament this time.

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