Conte and Kane are both destined for the exit, Son isn’t getting any younger and the squad needs major upgrades all over! Spurs are at yet another crossroads but a wrong appointment and a poor finish to the season could prove fatal for chairman Daniel Levy
- Tottenham are facing an uncertain future and are needing a major rebuild
- Antonio Conte and Harry Kane looked destined for the exit in the summer
- Chairman Daniel Levy must recruit wisely if they are to start competing for titles
Tottenham find themselves at yet another crossroads with the futures of their biggest names still unclear. There was the hope that Antonio Conte would bring the glory days back to White Hart Lane appear to have just been a pipe dream.
The Italian was recruited on a big-money deal to help Spurs challenge for major honours but a tough spell both on and off the pitch has seen Conte linked with the exit this summer when his contract expires.
It leaves Spurs chairman Daniel Levy with the task of finding his successor and yet another costly rebuild after another failed appointment.
While Conte brought Champions League nights back to north London following their brilliant finish to last season, their disappointing exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Sheffield United last week all but confirmed what looks to be another trophyless campaign for the club.
With the club out of the title race – and losing their grip on their top-four spot – Spurs’ only hope of silverware comes in the Champions League.
Antonio Conte (left) and Harry Kane (right) have been linked with the exit at Tottenham
Chairman Daniel Levy is facing a major rebuild should some of the biggest names leave
While they only trail 1-0 to a under-performing AC Milan side after the first leg at San Siro, a last-16 exit would be bitterly disappointing for the squad and could spell the end for several big names at the club.
One of those is Conte, who reportedly has his sights set on a return to Italy once his Spurs contract expires this summer.
According to The Times, the weeks that he’s spent recuperating back home in Italy following his gallbladder surgery have only heightened his desire to manage back in the Serie A, with a number of personal losses also reaffirming his need to be closer to his family.
After contract negotiations broke down between the club and Italian after Christmas, it now looks set that Conte will move on and Spurs will once again be searching for their next boss.
Many names have been mooted, with fan favourite Mauricio Pochettino being linked with his return to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium where he produced a consistent top four side that often competed – but ultimately fell short – for titles.
He is adored by the fans but many Spurs fans believe his return is premature.
Another candidate linked with succeeding Conte is Thomas Tuchel.
The pair nearly came to blows after Spurs 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, with Conte accused of not looking his German counterpart in the eyes as they shook hands on the pitch.
But while Tuchel has had plenty of success at every club he had managed, it would be another Chelsea manager that Spurs will have turned to – and so far, that has guaranteed little to no success.
Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino (pictured) has been linked with a return
Ex-Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has also been linked with succeeding Conte should he leave
There is a lot of uncertainty around the manager and the same can be said for their talismanic striker, Harry Kane.
Like every summer before this year’s, Kane has been linked with a move away from Tottenham. Understandable, given he’s arguably one of the best No 9s in the world and his consistency to score a high volume of goals at the top level make him an extremely rare commodity in this day and age.
To Spurs fans he’s priceless. Invaluable. He’s one of their own.
But as the England captain enters the final year of his Spurs deal this summer, then they may have to sell if the price – and club – is right.
Bayern Munich have been vocal supporters of Kane for a number of years now and have shamelessly tried to turn his head and bring him to the Allianz to help fill the void left by Robert Lewandowski.
While many Spurs fans would begrudge Kane for leaving considering everything he’s given to the club, a move abroad is likely the most preferable option.
However, Kane has his sights firmly set on breaking Alan Shearer’s Premier League goal record of 260. He’s currently sitting on 201.
Staying in England will be Kane’s preferred option if he is to move this summer and there’s only one club that fits the bill if he is to fulfil his desire of winning trophies (finally) and becoming the league’s all-time scorer.
Manchester United will be on the lookout for a striker this summer and Erik ten Hag has already reportedly earmarked Kane as the man they want to lead their line.
Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and Roma star Tammy Abraham are also being targeted but it is Kane that tops the wishlist.
Levy is reluctant to sell to a Premier League rival but an offer of anywhere between £80-100million could certainly bring him to the table to negotiate a deal.
Tottenham were dumped out of the FA Cup at the fifth-round stage by Sheffield United
An out-of-form Tottenham are still in fourth but teams below them are closing the gap
Conte has returned to the club after recovering from gallbladder surgery back in Italy
It has been reported that Kane is yet to make a decision on his future having previously signalled that he wants to succeed at Spurs and would be willing to commit his long-term future to the club after his move to Manchester City fell through in 2021.
But should he leave, it would leave an almighty hole in the squad – for whoever is in charge.
Given how Kane is the man that makes the team tick, his loss will be devastating, which would also see Son Heung-min lose his partner in crime with the pair the deadliest duo in Premier League history.
And Son is no spring chicken, either.
The South Korean star turns 31 this summer and his form has been a cause for concern, which comes of the back of his Golden Boot-winning campaign from last season.
A change of manager could re-invigorate Son but there will come a point where Spurs will be without the duo.
The club will also be looking for a new No 1 goalkeeper, with 36-year-old Hugo Lloris past his best and is now in the twilight years of his career.
New centre-backs will also be needed while fans have been screaming out for a creative midfielder ever since Christian Eriksen left to help ease the load on Kane.
The next few months will be pivotal for the club, and tonight’s second leg with AC Milan has now turned into their biggest game of the season, given the context.
An exit from the competition will be damning and failure to finish in the top four will hit Levy where it hurts – his pocket.
Tottenham superstar Son Heung-min has been out of form and will be 31 in the summer
Levy needs to get things right if Spurs are to get back on track and start competing for honours again – and eventually win them.
A wrong appointment or more failing in the transfer market could prove fatal in the long run, especially with the likes of Saudi-backed Newcastle hoping to disrupt the top six in the long run.
It’s hard to say what lies ahead for Tottenham Hotspur with there so much uncertainty around the club.
But after tonight’s second leg, we might just have a clearer picture.
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