LONDON – A club’s fanbase doesn’t usually side with its star striker when he asks to leave, but this is exactly what Tottenham has gotten into now. Harry Kane had to wait a little more than 70 seconds this 1: 2 home defeat to Aston Villa just two days after its appearance, to hear the 10,000 fans gathering to this great stadium chant: “He’s one of us” he wants to leave Spurs this summer.
Chairman Daniel Levy remained calm for most of the first half of the year, at least until those present began to voice their opposition. “We want Levy Out” began in the South Stand before all four sides came together in a brief but clear judgment of public opinion on the whole matter. Tottenham lost at that point and that is essentially the point. The results are the main driver of perception at any club and after their 12th Premier League defeat this season they face the possibility of playing without European football for the second time in 16 years next season.
Villa had nothing to play – they can’t finish higher than 11th – and still looked more motivated throughout, apart from the first ten minutes when Spurs took the lead. Steven Bergwijn won the ball high up on the court of Wonderful nakamba and forced himself into a shooting position and shot high into the net beyond the goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
The spores improved somewhat after the break. Interim chief Ryan Mason waited too long to make changes Gareth Bale Only 18 minutes to trigger a resuscitation, and while he looked more likely than most, Villa never looked particularly uncomfortable.
Corresponding to the entire week, the more significant events for Tottenham occurred outside of the 90 minutes.
A round of appreciation was scheduled for full-time – fans were told it would be accepted “as is tradition” – but only four players attended. Kane ran it alone and it didn’t require much artistic license to interpret his body language as a parting. The 27-year-old seemed to fight back tears as he walked across the pitch and applauded the fans. He was 50 meters from his other three teammates, Bale and Heung-Min son and Dele Alli – look as isolated there as he did in the game himself. No Spurs outfield player had fewer touches than Kane (36).
A few fans stayed in the ground long after the final whistle, waiting for a decent chance to engage with the players. Instead, PA announcements reminding them to “please follow social distancing guidelines if you leave” followed as an unsophisticated suggestion that no one should turn up. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, most of the post-game tasks this season took place on the contact line, but with fans in attendance, Mason and several other staff members were exposed to catcalls demanding players reappear en masse.
“There are so many emotions in football,” said Mason. “I love representing this football club. Yes, a lot has happened, but our goal is to get results on the pitch and unfortunately we didn’t.”
“Harry means a lot. He’s a Tottenham player. I’ve answered so many questions about Harry Kane in the last 24 hours. I’m ready to talk about the game but not about individuals. We totally focused on that I am very disappointed with the game and I concentrate. “
The fans continued unabated. “£ 60 [$85, the cost of the match ticket]”They have a laugh,” they sang in a somewhat more unsavory language addressed to Levy. About 40 minutes after the final whistle, the squad returned, led by Mason with Kane tow, wearing his socks and flip-flops.
A long goodbye is exactly the last thing Kane wants after telling Spurs of his desire to sort out his future before the start of Euro 2020 on June 11th. Given Levy’s reluctance to sell a price of £ 150 million ($ 212 million), this seems unlikely and a pandemic affecting the resources and purchasing power of even the largest clubs.
Kane has yet to file a formal transfer request and may still need to show continued determination and determination to push a move through if Levy steps on his heels as expected. At least he doesn’t have to look long in his mind for a collective exhibition to remind him why he’s more likely to win trophies elsewhere. Remarkably, when there is any doubt, fans seem to agree with him.