What Harry Kane’s Likely Departure Means for North London Rivalry

“Please let me leave for a club that actually wins things”

The news that Harry Kane supposedly wants to leave the Spuds in an attempt to win some silverware is amusing and long overdue.

It would be hard to overstate his importance to the noisy neighbours since he broke into their first team. His goal scoring stats in the Premier League alone (not counting European and domestic cup competitions) are as follows:

2014/15: 21

2015/16: 25

2016/17: 29

2017/18: 30

2018/19: 17 (impacted by injury)

2019/20: 18 (impacted by injury_

2020/21: 22 (two games still to play)

It’s a phenomenally consistent track record without which it is hard to imagine Totteringham having been as competitive as they have been during his time at the club.

Although their deluded fans think of their club as one of the “big six”, the hard truth is that Kane’s exploits have helped them flatter to deceive.

There will be no shortage of suitors for Kane’s signature even at an expected price of £150m, with Manchester City and Manchester United top of the list.

It would be nice to fantasise about him coming to N5 (Sol Campbell Mark II) but there is no chance of that. Personally I hope he goes to one of the European giants like Madrid or Juve so we no longer have to put up with his irritating habit of scoring against us.

Assuming a deal is agreed this summer, the Spuds will have a hefty transfer kitty to play with. However, they have shown in the past that they are capable of blowing large sums on mediocre players.

Also they are still trying to pay off the costs of building their Armitage Shanks arena, so it’s entirely plausible to imagine that Daniel Levy will syphon off some of the funds to bring down the debt rather than boost up the squad.

Combined with the club’s need for a new manager it should mean that the N17 miscreants are in for a transitional period, which gives us a chance to restore the traditional pecking order in North London.

Given that we have been displaying ‘top four’ form since Boxing Day there is every reason to be optimistic that the good ship Arsenal, which has been stuck in the doldrums for several years, is finally getting a bit of breeze back in her sails.

Captain Mikel may not have convinced everyone that he’s the right man to have at the helm, but at least there is a growing sense that we have started out on the journey.

The Spuds, on the other hand, will have the wind taken out of their sails with Kane’s likely departure and may be heading into their own period of being becalmed.

The upshot of all this is that if you’re a betting man (or woman), a little punt on the certainty of St Totteringham’s Day happening next season may well be worth a go.



40 Responses to What Harry Kane’s Likely Departure Means for North London Rivalry

  1. E. Adebayor says:

    This is such an embarrassing article. This attitude of entitlement and arrogance is just bizarre considering how poor Arsenal have been for over a decade.

    You’re holding onto hope thar Spurs will be worse so you’ll look better. Even though you’re celebrating the thought of your mid table club finishing above another mid table club.

    You’ve written an entire article about a man potentially leaving a rival and that they might look a bit more shit than you. Yikes.

    Enjoy your journey…

  2. Your superior says:

    Sad gooners. You are where you should belong. Below the mighty Spurs. Deluded dreamers.

  3. LBG says:

    Rocky “Armitage Shanks Arena”🤣🤣🤣🤣
    Morning Ade! Your journey may be longer….

  4. RockyLives says:

    Rod, line, bait…


  5. RockyLives says:

    E. Adebayor

    “…considering how poor Arsenal have been for over a decade…”

    Since Spuds last won a trophy (in 2008):

    Arsenal FA Cup wins:
    2014, 2015, 2017, 2020

    But I actually agree with you – it has been a decade of underachievement for Arsenal.

    Whereas for Totts, if you’d had four FA Cup triumphs in a decade, it would have been the greatest decade in the history of your club.

    Says it all, I’m afraid.

  6. Alex says:

    Oh dear that envy from the South Londoners is still rife. Enjoy mid-table and get used to it!

  7. Steve P says:

    I had to laugh at the comments above about “the mighty Spurs”. The club that has won 2 leagues titles in its history, compared to Arsenal’s 13. The club whose entire trophy cabinet for the last 30 years consists of 1 Carling Cup.

  8. Stu889 says:

    The fact is Kane is a great player and the spuds will miss him.
    Both clubs are still going through a transition phase. The spuds I think this season have been worse than expected. I thought they would challenge for the top 4. But then again we have been worse as well.
    The fun thing in reading the responses is how easily the spuds fans are provoked. No disrespect to our North London rivals but when you started finishing above us the last few seasons you have announced it from the roof tops ( we see it just as a bit of a joke). Just look at the hard cold facts, we may have not won the league since 2004, but yours was hmmm 1961. That’s 60 years ago. Your last FA Cup was 1991, ours 2020. We are the more successful club trophy wise.

  9. RC78 says:

    Kane is a fantastic player and he actually did superbly under Mourinho. His game has really flourished and he would actually be an automatic starter in every EPL team. If he leaves Tottenham, then he must go to a trophy-winning team and then the obvious choice is Man City. After City, I suppose that Man Utd and Chelsea would be the next on his list.

    We do not have the kitty nor the squad nor the manager to appeal to him so let us not even go there…

    For Spurs, it is a massive loss because his departure may also encourage their other best players like Son to leave…so a big summer ahead for them indeed. They will get a massive transfer fee and I think that they will be able to replace him – I think they will go for 2 strikers: 1 accomplished striker from the EPL (Aguero? Giroud? Milik?…) and another league and 1 up and coming striker (Lewin, Toney?).

    Ultimately, they will be able to strengthen their squad after his depature but I think his departure may shake their credentials and their overall team/squad to the core so for me, no matter what happens, they will be worse off, which is nice 🙂

  10. gunnerpete says:

    E. Adebayor says…considering how bad AFc have been for 10 years ??? All you have to ask is how many trophies have the Spuds won in those bad AFC years?? Kane could do a Campbell and beg AFc to buy him so he can win something but it is unlikely because of the riots it would cause. He is better off going to Madrid because like Chelski and Man City they buy trophies all the time.

  11. gunnerpete says:

    If Kane decides to stay in the UK, he will have to decide between his new club and the ‘Tokyo Olimpic Diving Team’ he cant do both.

  12. RockyLives says:


  13. LBG says:

    “Deluded dreamers”! Couldn’t think of a better alliteration!
    Mighty midgets
    tiny Totteringham
    trophyless Totteringham
    Kan’t Keep Kane…….

  14. RC78 says:

    Excellent LBG!

  15. allezkev says:

    It seems that many of the fans of the biggest club in Middlesex are upset at the thought of another one of their captains leaving in order to win trophies, but can you blame him?

    You only have to cast you minds back a few years to the example of another captain of Middlesex’s finest who had to leave and who became an Invincible.

    A little bit of history repeating itself?

  16. Didrik Plehn says:

    All (good) things come to an end, finally good old days will return 🤭🔴⚪️

  17. LBG says:

    Interested in your knowledge of London Counties. Arsenal’s North London home was about 30 years late for being in the ancient parish of Islington, Middlesex.
    Late 1880’s Islington became a London Borough. Having been educated in Stamford Hill and then Enfield ( which was in Middlesex) I was able to be selected for the County at U18 rugby. A much proud of achievement!
    Totteringham probably do squeeze into the County boundaries despite being in the London Borough of Haringey. But are only regarded as second class citizens!😁

  18. RockyLives says:

    You’re all Johnnie-come-lately fans.

    I hail from Woolwich (seriously) 😀

  19. Didrik Plehn says:

    Rocky – you and David Danskin 😍

  20. LBG says:

    Bet you were around when we was Souf London, as well.

  21. RockyLives says:


  22. RockyLives says:

    I’m travelling tomorrow so if anyone fancies doing a quick pre-match and predicted line-up for the Palace game that would be much appreciated.

    Don’t all shout at once…

  23. LBG says:

    And Boy George(Rocky’s favourite)…and Ian Wright, Wright, Wright!

  24. LBG says:

    I will do something small.

  25. allezkev says:

    I believe the London Borough of Haringey came into being in 1965, before then that part of the suburbs was a municipal borough, but not a London borough so Tottenham’s first trophy as a bona fide London club 1967.

    LBG, I unfortunately used to go to school in Tottenham.

  26. RockyLives says:

    Thanks LBG

    are you ok to publish it direct to the site?

  27. Didrik Plehn says:

    Maybe we should help Totteringham to get rid of Son too 🤠

  28. LBG says:

    No, sorry! Sent a minute ago by email to usual address. Hope acceptable.

  29. LBG says:

    Proof positive that the corruption is not in the water or the education.

  30. RockyLives says:

    Thanks LBG
    I can upload it before I hit the road in the morning.

  31. RockyLives says:

    All sorted LBG – many thanks.

  32. LBG says:

    Nothing better than celebrating Chelski fans realising its “no goal”.

  33. LBG says:

    Even better when Chelski players realise it!

  34. RC78 says:

    France squad has been announce for the EUROs…it is looking promising up front but a little shaky at the back and thin in the middle…

    Most likely starting XI:
    Lloris – Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez – Rabiot, Kante, Pogba – Griezmann – Giroud (or Benzema or Coman or Dembele), Mbappe

    The big news is that Benzema is back. What a good striker to have in the group…Our forward options are scary:
    FW: Mbappe, Coman, Dembele, Thuram
    ST: Benzema, Ben Yedder, Giroud, Griezmann

  35. RC78 says:

    Mandanda – Dubois, Kounde, Zouma, Digne – Sissoko, Tolisso, Lemar – Dembele, Ben Yedder, Coman

    It s not great but the bench could help out

  36. LB says:

    Oh please don’t go and collapse on us now City.

  37. Aaron says:

    Too late for that.

    Will Rodgers fall at the finish line again?

    puP F it up with the most expensive assembled team in history?

    Leeds finish higher than AFC?

    Could happen….

  38. Aaron says:

    Moving in that direction….

  39. RockyLives says:

    New Post

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