West Ham United legend and Sky Sports pundit Tony Cottee has goaded bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur with comments on Harry Kane.
There is no love lost between West Ham and Tottenham at the best of times.
Whether it is Hammers and Spurs supporters teasing and tormenting one another.
Or the two clubs fighting over a stadium and even going through the courts over an alleged spying scandal (BBC Sport).
No love lost between West Ham and Tottenham
The rivalry between West Ham and Spurs has grown bigger over the Premier League era.
Tottenham fans claim they are not bothered by West Ham. Just like Arsenal fans used to claim they were not bothered about Spurs.
The truth is they are, even if their team is a tier above the Hammers in the Premier League pecking order.
Now one of West Ham’s greatest ever players Tony Cottee has goaded Tottenham over the future of Harry Kane.
The Spurs star has been linked with a move away after refusing to rule out a Spurs exit in an interview with Jamie Redknapp during lockdown (Sky Sports).
West Ham legend Cottee knows a thing or two about the mentality of a top striker.
Hammers legend TC fans the Kane flames
And now TC has rubbed salt in the wound for concerned Tottenham fans, telling Sky Sports it is becoming ‘inevitable’ Kane will depart.
“I think there will come a time when he says ‘I’ve done as much as I can, I’ve scored lots of goals for Spurs but for many, many reasons it’s not happened’,” Cottee told Sky Sports News.
“Everything is in place there. They’ve got a great stadium, great club, great fans etc but they haven’t won anything.
“That’s what Harry will want to taste before he finishes his career.
‘Kane departure inevitable’
“You want that feeling of winning the Premier League or Champions League and at the moment I can’t see him doing that at Spurs.
“I think it’s inevitable, if it doesn’t happen in the next year or so, I think Harry will leave – probably next summer.”
West Ham fans would undoubtedly be glad to see Spurs weakened by Kane’s departure.
But it is sad that a homegrown player and talismanic figure like Kane is constantly questioned over his future.
West Ham fans have felt the pain of seeing top class homegrown players leave for rival clubs.
And it is not nice.
But as Cottee points out, Tottenham’s failure to win things makes it difficult to persuade top players to join and your best performers to stay.