Harry Kane feels transfer window should shut before start of the Premier League season
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Tottenham Hotspur forward happy with Spurs squad and feels team can hold their heads high despite 2-1 loss to Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane says he is in favour of closing the transfer window before the start of the season and ending some of the uncertainty that currently surrounds players when the action is already underway.
Premier League clubs are due to vote on the suggestion next month and, if the plan is agreed, this could be the last summer when England’s top-flight clubs can continue to buy players up until the end of August.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he is unsure about the suggestion, stating that the additional time can be useful – indeed, Tottenham only completed their first signing of the summer on Friday. But Kane is clear in his own mind.
“I know it’s been talked about, closing before the start of the season, and I think that would be good,” he said.
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“When the season starts it would be good to just have everyone where they are at and you get on with the season.
“At the moment, it’s players going here and there and there’s a lot of talk about it. It’s hard for some players to concentrate on the season. We’ll see what happens in the future but in my opinion it would be good to end it when the season starts.
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“At most clubs now, they wait until the last minute to see who is available and see who they can get - and it’s understandable. Why wouldn’t teams do that? Like I said, in my opinion it shouldn’t be open now, but it is what it is.”
Tottenham hosted Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday without any new recruits – Davinson Sanchez was signed too late to be involved.
However, Kane feels Spurs’ existing group was strong enough to win the encounter, and he felt his side were unlucky to lose 2-1, having had the larger share of possession and three times as many shots on target as the Blues.
“We’ve got a good squad, you saw that,” he said. “It wasn’t like we played badly and Chelsea were better than us. They had two or three chances and they scored two of them. We had eight or nine and we only scored one.
“We’ll see what happens in the next couple of weeks [of the transfer window]. The manager will decide who he wants and we’ll go from there.
“It’s not the result we wanted but I think we can take a lot of positives from the way we played. We dominated the game, had the better chances in the first and second half but without being clinical.
“That’s what we speak about, but we’ve got to hold our heads up high – we played a good game. It wasn’t our day, we’ve got to move on and try to win our next game [against Burnley].
“It’s a long old season, we’ve got plenty of time, plenty of games at Wembley. Everyone will agree this game could have gone the other way. It didn’t – that’s football, that’s life. You have to get on with it and move on.”
It was a particularly frustrating day for Kane as he struck the upright and drew a blank for the second game in a row, meaning he has still been unable to score a Premier League goal for Spurs in the month of August.
“It’s something that is spoken about a lot but I’m not too bothered about it,” he said. “I try to play well for the team, I try to score in every game.
“Sometimes the ball just doesn’t go in, as it didn’t on this occasion, when I hit the post and with the few chances that I had. That’s part of the game.”
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