Tottenham are “on the cusp of losing” Harry Kane at the end of the season, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 27-year-old would look to leave Spurs if the club failed to win any silverware or qualify for the Champions League.
Jose Mourinho’s men are currently in the running for the League Cup, having reached the final against Manchester City, and the Europa League.
However, they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Everton last week and currently find themselves six points behind Chelsea in fourth – the last of the Champions League qualifying spots.
In addition, their league form has nosedived in recent weeks, with four defeats from their last five games.
Now Whelan believes Kane, who has a contract at Spurs until 2024, could seriously consider leaving north London to fight for silverware during the “best years” of his playing career.
Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I think there’s a lot of lack of confidence in the team right now, they can’t seem to buy a win and they’ve got to find it very quickly if they’re going to get back to a team where they’re putting on decent performances.
“They’re still trying to get in the Champions League for next season, because that’s a risk, massively – do these players really want to be playing in the Europa League?
“Well, you ask him, as Harry Kane that. He stayed because he thought there was going to be a turnaround at Tottenham this season, he was going to be fighting for things.
“Now they’re not – are they going to win the League Cup? Well… The problem is you’ve got Harry Kane who stayed there because he wanted to win things and he felt that he would do this season.
“Now they’re on the cusp of losing him at the end of the season because how long can a good player stay at a club without winning something when they’ve got the best years ahead of them. That’s the biggest problem.”