Should Kane look at Bale and wonder what could have been?

Harry Kane will look at Gareth Bale and wonder what could be! He has no trophies to show for his loyalty to Spurs while the Wales icon’s glittering haul since leaving will only fuel a temptation to go

  • Should Harry Kane look at Gareth Bale and wonder what could have been?
  • The Welshman confirmed his retirement from football in an emotional post 
  • Bale received plaudits as fans recollected his impressive career trophy haul 
  • Kane may be left feeling that he could’ve achieved more had he left Spurs 
  • Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing the England captain 

Harry Kane and Gareth Bale. Two household names in British football culture. Yet, despite the many similarities between the two they remain a world apart.

Ex-Real Madrid star Bale shocked the world as he announced his sudden retirement from football on Monday afternoon – calling an end to his illustrious playing career which saw him win a total of 17 trophies. 

Kane, on the other hand, has neither retired nor won a trophy yet. It’s certainly not too late for him to achieve the latter, though the window of opportunity is closing. 

Spurs seem to be getting progressively worse and interest from clubs such as Man United won’t stick around forever. So, is it a case of now-or-never for the England captain? 

Harry Kane is yet to win in a single trophy throughout his impressive playing career

Gareth Bale won five Champions League titles before retiring from football on Monday

Gareth Bale posted an emotional statement on social media declaring his decision to retire from club and international football on Monday, catching the world of football off guard with his announcement. 

The 33-year-old only signed with MLS side Los Angeles FC in the summer and vowed to have years left in football, however he has now U-turned on that path with his message. 

Plaudits for Bale poured in and pundits, players and fans alike were quick to write tributes about the Welshman and his contributions to British football after the news.

Many labelled Bale as ‘the greatest British player of all time’ – which is hard to dispute given the ridiculous trophy haul that he’ll walk away with upon retiring.

Perhaps on an individual level, Kane will feel harshly overlooked for that title – especially if he becomes the Premier League’s all-time top goalscorer – but it’s hard to compete with the honours of his former team-mate. 

Some fans labelled Gareth Bale as ‘the greatest British player of all-time’ after his retirement

Harry Kane walks past the Champions League trophy after Spurs’ final defeat to Liverpool

Five Champions Leagues. Three LaLigas. Three Club World Cups. Three UEFA Super Cups. One Copa Del Rey. One Spanish Super Cup. And for good measure; one MLS Cup.

Kane, for comparison, has just a handful of runner-up medals to his name. EFL Cup in 2015 and 2021. Champions League final 2019. UEFA Euros final in 2021. 

For whatever reason, Tottenham seem to be cursed in their search for silverware. Even with both legendary players on-field together in the 2021 Carabao Cup final, Spurs were comprehensively beaten by Pep Guardiola’s Man City.

Bale had returned to north London on loan that year, after being frozen out at Madrid, and failed to a win a trophy in a season for the first time in his career since leaving Spurs back in 2013.

It was the summer after that cup final defeat that proved to be a hectic time for Tottenham and, in particular, club chairman Daniel Levy. 

Kane (L) and Bale (R) both played in Spurs’ Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City in 2021

The duo struck a promising partnership during the season-long loan back to Spurs for Bale

On the promise of a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with Levy, Kane was under the impression he would be allowed to leave Tottenham in the transfer window – with Man City interested in his services.

Guardiola’s side submitted a huge £120m bid for the forward but in the end, Levy’s resilience paid off, City backed off and Kane stayed. But the consequences of that meant Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland moved to the Etihad the following year. 

The Norwegian has taken like a duck to water at the Etihad and is the reaping the rewards of being a prolific talisman in an efficient, pro-active system – leading the league’s goalscoring charts by six goals. 

Trophies at City will be a guarantee for Haaland. And poor Kane will have to watch from afar as the former Dortmund star collects the accolades that could’ve been his.

Erling Haaland (L) has taken up the striker role that City had attempted to get Kane to fill

Kane was left frustrated by his higher-ups after but eventually decided to stay at Tottenham 

However, all hope is not lost for Kane. The January transfer window is up and running, and rumoured interest in the forward has already begun to circulate.

Erik ten Hag’s Man United are said to be monitoring Kane’s situation in north London, with the Red Devils making a new striker their ‘prime objective’ this month.

After Cristiano Ronaldo’s dramatic exit from the club last month – following his tell-all interview with Piers Morgan – ten Hag’s side have been searching for a new talisman.

Kane has long been on United’s shortlist and, recently, club legend Rio Ferdinand urged ten Hag to finally orchestrate a move for the England captain.

However, the Red Devils are reportedly closing in a move for Burnley forward Wout Weghorst – which could throw a spanner in the works for a potential Kane transfer.

Manchester United are reportedly targeting a move for Tottenham’s Harry Kane this summer

Erik ten Hag is keen to get his hands on a big-money centre-forward at the end of the season

There’s no guarantee that Kane would go on to win trophies at United – given the fact the Manchester club are without a title since their Europa League triumph in 2017.

But he would certainly stand himself in good stead by securing a move away from north London. The club seem in turmoil at the minute and history tends to favour those who chose to depart from Spurs.

That’s not to say it would be the exact same if the England captain were to leave Tottenham – but he certainly wouldn’t be harming his chances at winning a trophy. 

Luka Modric, Dimitar Berbatov, Kyle Walker, Christian Eriksen all won significant titles – and had incredible careers – after leaving Tottenham. Those who stayed? Just ask Danny Rose.

Ex-Spurs stars Gareth Bale (L) and Luka Modric celebrate their Copa Del Rey win in 2014

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