Son Heung-min will ‘start to question his Tottenham future’ if Harry Kane goes this summer, warns Darren Anderton as he claims ‘all the top European clubs’ will be watching events in north London
- Darren Anderton fears Son Heung-min may eye an exit if Harry Kane leaves
- England captain Kane has made clear his intention to leave Spurs this summer
- Son is in contract talks but Anderton believes that could change if Kane leaves
- Anderton added that Europe’s top clubs will be sniffing around Tottenham
Darren Anderton believes Son Heung-min will ‘start to question his future’ at Spurs if Harry Kane leaves this summer, with ‘all the top European clubs’ closely monitoring events at the North London club.
Tottenham are in the midst of a tricky summer, with Daniel Levy’s search for Jose Mourinho’s replacement taking longer than anticipated, while Kane is understood to have made clear his intention to end his 17-year stay at the club.
Kane has formed a strong partnership with South Korean team-mate Son, with the pair combining for 34 goals this season, but the England captain’s pursuit of silverware risks breaking up the duo.
Darren Anderton says Son Heung-min will ‘question his future’ at Spurs if Harry Kane leaves
Kane is understood to have made clear his intention to move on from Spurs this summer
And although Son is currently in talks over a contract extension at Spurs, Anderton believes that Kane’s exit would onset a domino effect on the club, fearing that fans may have to wave goodbye to the winger this summer.
‘If Kane was to leave Tottenham then I think Son would start to question his future,’ he told GentingBet. ‘All players do.
‘If you see a team-mate go on and leave you’re disappointed. Why wouldn’t you be? And, at that point, if you don’t do well the following season then you’re going to ask the questions yourself.
‘Of course, you’re happy for your team-mate if he goes on and wins the Premier League somewhere or the Champions League, but there’ll be a little bit of envy in there that you want that as well.
Ex-Spurs star Anderton says Son may have second thoughts on a new contract if Kane exits
If Spurs don’t return to the Champions League soon, Son may have doubts, Anderton believes
‘You want a piece of that. And if you don’t believe that that’s going to happen at the club you’re at, then you’re going to start thinking about moving on.
‘Sonny’s a great guy, isn’t he? He loves Tottenham. I think we can all see that. I don’t think it’s anything to worry about just yet but if the club do not get back on that path of improving and getting back into the Champions League then your top players are going to start to question whether they want to be there.’
Anderton added that Europe’s elite clubs will be keeping a close eye on Tottenham’s summer business, and could test the waters for Son.
Anderton added that Europe’s top clubs will be keeping a close eye on Spurs this summer
‘All the top teams in Europe are going to be interested in someone like Son. I’ve said for the last three or four years that it’s not about who we bring in – it’s who we keep.
‘That’s the problem you want to have but, at the same time, you don’t want them to become unsettled or become unhappy or move on.
‘And then with Harry about to leave too – where does that take us? It’s tough. But if European teams want to be ambitious then they want the best players and if we have two or three of them, they’re going to come knocking.’