Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen told Erik ten Hag what he wants to hear
Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen
Man Utd will give the acquisition of a striker top priority during the upcoming summer transfer window.
Manchester United’s fate is still in their own hands with four Premier League games left in the season.
Currently, the Reds sit fourth in the standings, one spot and one point ahead of Liverpool. The Merseysiders have won all six of their recent league games, whereas United have only won one of their past four. This is the perfect time for them to be in form.
As a result, United, who appeared to be coasting towards a top-four finish only a few weeks ago, now run the prospect of failing to qualify for the Champions League for the second consecutive season. The fact that Erik ten Hag’s team has a game in hand over Liverpool and that three of their previous four games have been played at Old Trafford is crucial to keep in mind.
Nevertheless, following consecutive losses to Brighton and West Ham United, United cannot afford to take anything for granted. They failed to score in both losses, dropping each match by a goal to nil, underscoring once more their continued difficulties in front of goal.
United has the lowest goal total among the top seven teams in the Premier League this season with just 49 league goals. In the top 10, only Aston Villa (46) has scored less goals than Manchester United (48).
The Reds are in severe need of adding a striker to their roster this summer, as has been widely reported lately, and Ten Hag has identified Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur as his top priority. They are also keeping their eye on Napoli star Victor Osimhen, who the club first identified as a target in November.
Each player has had a standout season for their respective clubs, tallying 28 goals across all competitions. Kane’s contract at Spurs expires in just over a year, so this summer may be the last opportunity for the Londoners to transfer him for a sizable money, while Osimhen is drawing interest from a wide range of prestigious European clubs.
Both have frequently been asked about their individual futures throughout the season, and they have, naturally, tried to put a stop to the rumours, much like the majority of football players in this day and age. By no means, shape, or form, are they alone in that regard.
Osimhen, who transferred from Lille to Napoli in July 2020, has made no secret of his admiration for English football. He admitted back in March that it is his “dream” to play in the Premier League, giving United hope that he might be open to the idea of joining this summer if they could persuade Napoli to sell.
“I think playing in one of the top five leagues in the world (Serie A) is an amazing feeling for me,” Osimhen stated. “While many people around the world view the Premier League as the best and strongest league, I currently play in the Italian Serie A, one of the best leagues in the world.
“I’m working extremely hard to ensure that I one day realise my dream of competing in the Premier League, but, as I said, it’s a process and I just want to keep on this momentum and continue to do well,” the player stated.
Ten Hag would tick a box if his hunger and desire to play in the Premier League were satisfied. The Dutchman has consistently emphasised mindset and dedication throughout this season, underscoring the fact that he is as big on personality and character as he is on footballing skill.
On the other hand, Kane frequently mentions his desire to win awards and keep breaking and setting records. With a few Golden Boots, he is the second-highest goalscorer in Premier League history, but he has nothing to show for it. Given the existing discrepancies in the clubs’ different trajectories, you may argue that United could give him the chance to start winning trophies sooner than Spurs.
In the summer of 2021, when Manchester City was considering signing him, Kane discussed his aspirations to continually improve, giving Ten Hag another window into his mindset and drive as a person.
Kane remarked, “I feel like I still have almost another career to play.” I’ve already spent seven or eight years in the Premier League, so I’m not in a rush or in a hurry to do anything.
“I don’t hesitate to admit that I want to be the best. To the level that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have reached is where I want to attempt to get to. The winning of trophies year after year and the scoring of 50, 60, or 70 goals year after year is my ultimate ambition.
“I still have so much to offer. I’m capable of generating better results than I am right now.
Kane has every right to be self-assured about growing his following. Even this season, when standards have substantially decreased due to poor club administration, he has consistently produced the goods in a bad Spurs team.
Like Osimhen, he would provide United the assurance of goals, something they must deal with as a top priority this summer. The outcome of their last four games will determine if they are able to sign any of them. Top four or go home.