Harry Kane isn’t the striker Man City should be aiming for
On paper, Manchester City and Harry Kane look like a match made in heaven.
Kane is one of the game’s top scorers looking for a team capable of winning trophies, and City are an elite, luck-making juggernaut who must begin to prepare for the departure of the prolific Sergio Aguero.
Each could solve the other’s problem. However, just because they could does not mean that they should.
Now, before we get into the thick of it, let’s just clarify that a £ 90million offer for Kane wouldn’t be a bad deal for City. That’s the kind of price you have to pay for elite scorers, and Kane would make City 100% better.
However, sometimes the easiest path isn’t the best to explore, and it is here.
Aguero is now 32, having given City a decade of record service, and he’s obviously going to have to be replaced soon. Bringing in Kane is one option, but the problem with that is that the Englishman will be 28 by the time this supposed £ 90million offer arrives.
Kane is obviously not going to start to decline sharply at 28, but he is expected to replace himself in the near future. By the time Kane turns 32, City will have to prepare another close to £ 100million offer for someone new.
Financially it’s pretty unsustainable – especially when that money could buy City a younger striker instead.
90 mins revealed in November 2020 that City are closely watching Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Inter’s Lautaro Martinez who, at 20 and 23 respectively, would be a much better fit for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Both players could contribute a similar number of goals to Kane’s, but unlike the Englishman, they will be able to do so for the next decade.
This is clearly the approach City prefers when it comes to recruiting strikers. Aguero was 23 when he joined in 2011, while Gabriel Jesus, who has been touted as Aguero’s long-term successor, joined at 19 and was supposed to be ready to take over when he had 23 years old in April.
It looks like City learned from their mistake with Jesus who, for the record, isn’t a bad attacker. The Brazilian is obviously good enough to play in the Premier League, but maybe not as a main striker for a tough side for the major silverware.
That’s the risk you take when you commit to a player who only has one year of senior experience in Brazil under his belt. It didn’t work out as expected, and now City are looking for ready-made stars like Martinez and Haaland.
An offer of £ 90million for either of these two would likely be enough to secure a deal, which would mean City’s forward position would be sorted for the next ten years.
On the flip side, spending that kind of money on Kane would likely result in another £ 90million offer for another striker in four years – perhaps Haaland or Martinez. Why not just take out the middleman and have a younger striker now?
Kane is obviously the safest route. He is a guaranteed source of Premier League goals as the aforementioned youngsters are expected to adjust to life in England. If City can’t be bothered to wait and want trophies instead now, then Kane is the right man.
However, it is important to prepare for the long haul. City haven’t done that with Aguero’s impending exit, and it has forced them to spend astronomical fees to find someone capable of replacing the Argentine.
Haaland, Martinez or any young star striker would make more sense for City, who must plan their next move wisely.
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