In what should not be surprising news to anyone who has been even half-heartedly following Tottenham Hotspur news for the past few months, Harry Kane will not be playing in the Europa Conference League tomorrow. According to Charlie Eccleshare in the Athletic, Kane was not among the Spurs players who traveled to Portugal to play against Pacos de Ferreira in the first leg of the ECL playoff series on Thursday.
Kane is, obviously, embroiled in a TRANSFER SAGA regarding his desired move to Manchester City, and a bombshell story from Jason Burt in the Telegraph that was released last night dialed up all the emotions to 11. Maybe in part because of that, Kane was not brought to Portugal, but according to Eccleshare he “hopes to be fit for Sunday’s trip to Wolves.”
I’m not shocked by this. I’m not even surprised. Does it even make sense for him to play until there’s some sort of conclusion to this whole TRANSFER SAGA? Probably not. Just bringing him along is a distraction. He’s only been in full training since Tuesday, and he appears to be doing everything except downing tools (and seems not far from that point) to force Daniel Levy to sell him to City at a cut-rate price.
Pacos is not a bad side, but Spurs have plenty of talent at their disposal, and Nuno Espirito Santo will probably play a medium-strong team in at least the away leg to be sure that Spurs are able to progress to the group stage. They almost certainly won’t need Kane to do that, though obviously it’d be nice to have the best striker in Europe available.