At the start of last week, it looked like Harry Kane could look for a new club again if he wants to play in the Champions League next season.
Fast forward to the weekend, and wins over Arsenal in the North London Derby and Burnley at Turf Moore mean he could well fulfill that ambition with Tottenham.
But is this the extent of its ambitions?
On Thursday, Kane led Tottenham to a 3-1 win over Arsenal, scoring twice to close the gap to their rivals. But their fate was still not in their hands. But that win over Burnley, courtesy of a Kane penalty, and Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat at Newcastle, means Tottenham are now clear favorites to play among Europe’s best next season.
Along the way, Kane became the third player to score 15 or more goals in eight consecutive Premier League seasons, alongside Sergio Aguero and Alan Shearer. He is also the top scorer in the North London Derby with 13 goals.
With Antonio Conte slowly turning the club’s fortunes around, there seems to be plenty of reason to keep Kane happy at his boyhood club.
But there remains the lingering feeling that after being denied a dream move to Manchester City last year, he could yet leave the Tottenham Hotspur stadium this summer if another big offer comes along.
But with Pep Guardiola’s side signing generational talent Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, it looks like Kane has now missed out on the chance of a lifetime to join Manchester City for a second time.
The first opportunity came last summer when City were willing to pay $150m, but Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy held on.
Kane’s clear desire to leave drew criticism from the club’s fans and, unsurprisingly, he had a hesitant start to the season, before normal service resumed. His partnership with Son Heung-min was again a killer, he has scored 16 goals and seven assists in the league, and plays with a smile on his face.
But is that enough for a player desperate for tangible success?
Kane still has two years left on his contract with Tottenham. He turns 29 in July, and while he remains in superb shape and form, the peak years of his career will no doubt be behind him if he sees this contract.
Now it looks like Kane has two options, either wait another year and force Spurs to sell him for free, or push this summer to move to any other club. This would include the possibility of a move abroad.
Few big clubs, Manchester City excluded now, wouldn’t want to have Kane on their books.
Manchester United, Chelsea and even Liverpool would welcome his arrival, as would major European clubs, including a Paris Saint-Germain without Kylian Mbappe.
In Spain, both giants have shown interest in the player, but with Karim Benzene shining at Real Madrid and Barcelona struggling with finances, no decision seems imminent.
Kane, in all likelihood, will stay in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s side appear to be brimming with fearsome strikers, even though Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are themselves in the midst of contract negotiations, and a move to Anfield would seem the least likely of the lot.
It would also be difficult for Kane to consider a move to Chelsea, one of Tottenham’s traditional and hated rivals, and a move to Stamford Bridge would be seen as a bigger betrayal than one to the Etihad.
That leaves the possibility of a move to Manchester United, to join Eric ten Hag’s expected revolution and all the risks that come with it. Crucially, there would be no Champions League football for another season.
Personally, I think Kane would be better off staying at Tottenham for another season, especially as Conte’s project gathers momentum and Champions League football looks all but assured now.
The big question remains: what is Kane’s priority?
Is it just Champions League football, a chance to win trophies or one last big deal as his career enters its final third?
The next few weeks should reveal everything.