Barnes questions Kane's attitude after striker's transfer admission

‘If you’re blaming your team-mates for not winning, then that’s a big problem’: John Barnes questions Harry Kane’s attitude after striker openly admits he could leave Tottenham to win trophies

  • John Barnes has criticised Harry Kane after hinting he could leave Tottenham 
  • The England captain admitted he could leave Spurs in order to win trophies
  • Barnes accused Kane of blaming his team-mates for Spurs’ lack of trophies  

John Barnes has criticised Tottenham striker Harry Kane’s attitude after the England captain openly admitted he could leave the north London club if they don’t progress as a team. 

Kane hinted earlier this month that he could leave Spurs if they did not progress as a team, citing his desire to win trophies in his career and Sportsmail has since revealed he is open to a world-record £200million move to Manchester United when the transfer window opens.

Kane is considered one of the most deadly strikers in Europe after scoring 181 goals for Tottenham since graduating from their academy but is yet to win a trophy, with the club’s last major title a League Cup back in 2008. 

John Barnes has criticised Harry Kane’s attitude after he admitted he could leave Tottenham

Former England and Liverpool star Barnes has criticised the striker’s public claims, saying he should want to be the man to deliver a long-waited trophy to the club rather than seeking to win them elsewhere. 

‘It’s a bit sad when players say that [wanting to leave a club if it doesn’t match their trophy ambitions]. I remember Wayne Rooney said that about Man United and he got a new contract. That’s a modern phenomenon’, Barnes told BonusCodeBets.

‘Rooney was the first when he came out and said that about the club’s ambition matching his own, and Fergie wasn’t particularly happy, but he had to give him a new contract.’

Kane admitted he won’t stay at Spurs for the ‘sake of it’ and said he wants to win trophies

‘But fans accept that now, which I don’t like, because fans should understand that your club is the most important thing, and if players aren’t going to be committed unless you’re winning, then you shouldn’t be at the club.’

‘What he (Kane) should say is “I’m going to be the player to stay at Tottenham and help them to win things”.’

There has been much speculation about the striker, who sits third in the charts of Spurs’ all-time leading scorers and is a popular figure at the club but admitted he wouldn’t stay in North London for the ‘sake of it’.

Spurs made promising strides under previous manager Mauricio Pochettino but their progress has slowed this season which saw the Argentine lose his job for Jose Mourinho and stars such as Christian Eriksen leave.

Spurs have stagnated in recent seasons and are on a trophy-less run which dates back to 2008

But former Liverpool and Watford midfielder Barnes says Kane’s claims suggest he is blaming his team-mates for a lack of silverware and should instead focus on doing all he can to bring success to his club. 

‘As Bill Shankly said, “If you can’t play for us when we lose, don’t play for us when we’re winning,” and if you’re a player, you’re part of the reason you’re not winning’, Barnes added.

‘So, if you think you’re better than your teammates, and you’re blaming your teammates for not winning, rather than looking at yourself, then that’s a big problem for football club. So, that is not a good thing to say.’


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