Tottenham striker Harry Kane shouldn’t be criticised for being “honest” after admitting he could leave the club in order to fulfil his personal ambitions, according to Gary Lineker.
Kane came through the ranks with Spurs, helping them to compete for a regular place in the Premier League’s top four and reach the Champions League final over the course of his seven years in the senior squad.
The 26-year-old has hit 181 goals in 278 games, establishing himself as one of the most deadly centre-forwards in European football.
Lineker has described the England international’s transfer stance as “understandable”, while expressing his belief that Jose Mourinho’s side are a long way off challenging for the Premier League title at the moment.
“It’s understandable,” the former Tottenham striker told talkSPORT . “He’s a top-class player, he’s one of the great strikers in world football and there’s bound to be a degree of frustration with the recent progress at Spurs.
“It’s not easy. We’ve seen it with Arsenal that when you build a new ground it can slow down your development and that’s possibly happening with Tottenham.
“He’s just being very honest, isn’t he? He’s saying that if they don’t go on to win things… because every player wants to win things in their career. I didn’t win too much myself.
“But it would be unthinkable for a player of Harry Kane’s stature if he didn’t win anything in his entire career.
“You can’t criticise him too much for having that view. He’s been at the club for a long time and he’s been brilliant.
“And he might well stay there, they might possibly develop, but you’d say they’re four or five players short of certainly challenging for the title.”
Source: News update