Simon Jordan believes that Tottenham Hotspur have benefitted from Harry Kane’s departure as the striker had become a drain on the club.
Kane will undoubtedly go down as the best player Spurs have had in the Premier League era and one of their best of all time.
Although the striker was not able to win any silverware during his time at the North London club, he has written his name into the history books by breaking Jimmy Greaves’ goalscoring record, which looked unsurpassable for many decades.
The general consensus last summer from various pundits was that Tottenham would struggle without Kane, with some even suggesting that the Lilywhites would finish in the bottom half (Sky Sports).
It is a testament to the work Ange Postecoglou has done that Spurs are in touching distance of the Premier League summit after 21 games, having played arguably the most entertaining brand of football in the division so far.
‘Kane was becoming a drain’ – says Simon Jordan
Jordan believes that Postecoglou benefited from Kane’s departure as the expectations among the fans had been lowered.
The former Crystal Palace owner told talkSPORT: “I always felt with Ange, and as you know I am an admirer of his from the get-go, that he stepped into a vacuum that had so many upsides for him and Daniel (Levy).
“The expectation was lower after Kane. There was always someone likely to step up and fill that gap. There are radiators and drains. Kane was becoming a drain. Not a radiator.
“All the conversation was about ‘when is he leaving?’ And ‘how is he carrying this team single-handedly to any achievements it gets?’ That means other players don’t necessarily step forward as they should and could.”
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The decision to sell Kane looked like the right one at the time and it has since been vindicated. While there is no doubt that the 30-year-old is the best striker in the world, the club would have potentially lost out on £100m if they held on to him until the end of the contract.
They would have not just missed an opportunity to rebuild under a new manager but the striker would have also likely joined a Premier League rival when his deal ran out