Harry Kane’s future hasn’t been sorted yet this summer, but at least in the immediate term he’s in Tottenham Hotspur’s plans. According to Jason Burt in the Telegraph, Kane is set to be included in Tottenham’s matchday squad for the first time all season when they play Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Sunday.
The article states that Nuno Espirito Santo will evaluate Kane after today’s final training and make a decision on whether Kane will slot into the starting lineup or if he’ll be named to the bench for the match against Nuno’s old club. Kane has previously said that he would be professional and make himself available for selection even as he continues to push for a £100m move to Manchester City before the close of the transfer window.
This info is likely coming from the Kane camp. Burt has emerged lately as something of a mouthpiece for Harry’s point of view, especially after his Telegraph article last week where he talked about Kane “throwing down the gauntlet” to force a move to City. The tone of this article is much more measured as the backlash to Kane’s insistence in that piece was pretty severe. Here, Burt says that Kane still wants to move but doesn’t want to ruin his relationship with the Tottenham fanbase (hah, good luck with that Harry).
There are only 10 days before the end of the window, which means that the odds that Kane gets his move are starting to dwindle. Tottenham have been looking at striker options in the market — most notably Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan and Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina — ostensibly to pair with Kane but more realistically as his replacement. However, both Martinez and Vlahovic now seem somewhat unlikely as their transfer fees have ballooned to almost ridiculous levels.
If Kane does play on Sunday, it will be very interesting to see how he fits into Nuno’s tactics. Against City, Spurs played a very fluid and narrow front three and emphasized counterattacking football. Kane would most likely come in at the expense of Steven Bergwijn or Lucas Moura, with Son Heung-Min being moved to a wide attacking position.