Darren Bent urges Tottenham to sign Romelu Lukaku as Harry Kane’s replacement
Posted by  badge Boss on Apr 13
Lukaku performed well under Conte at Inter Milan (Picture: Getty)

Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent believes ’s would be the perfect replacement for if the Spurs centre-forward is sold in the summer.

Kane, 28, was close to a move to last year for £100million after he told Spurs he wanted to leave the club to win trophies.

However, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy held firm against City’s advances and kept a hold of his star man who he deemed too important to lose.

Bent, who made 60 appearances in a Spurs shirt, thinks Antonio Conte’s appointment at White Hart Lane has changed Kane’s mind about leaving but if he does end up wanting to go at the end of the season, Lukaku should be lined-up as his successor.

He told: ‘As long as is there, I don’t think will go anywhere. It looks like he’s getting the best out of him, there’s a real mutual respect there you’d have to say.

‘But if the worse came to the worse and Harry Kane did leave and go elsewhere, if they could get Lukaku in, we’ve seen Conte get the best out of . Even down to his nutrition, that was the best I’ve ever seen him look last season and at the start of this season.

Kane wanted to leave Spurs last summer (Picture: Getty)

‘If there’s an opportunity and Kane leaves and Conte can get Lukaku, I’d go out all day to get him, all day. I think someone who has got Premier League experience, there’d be no one better to bring in to replace Harry Kane.

‘I know they’re completely different in terms of players, Harry Kane dropping in, technically a better footballer. But Lukaku would be an adequate replacement, certainly with what he did with Antonio Conte already. So, I would.’

After signing for Inter Milan from Manchester United in 2019, Lukaku enjoyed a successful relationship with Conte as the Belgian led the Italian’s side to Scudetto glory as he scored 24 league goals last season.

However, since moving to Chelsea for nearly £100million last summer, the 28-year-old has suffered a massive drop-off in form, scoring only five league goals while playing second fiddle to the likes of Kai Havertz.

In December, Lukaku gave an interview to Sky Italy where he told the broadcaster he wished he had never left Italy.

‘I told myself that there is only one team where I could possibly see myself – Chelsea,’ he said. ‘I wasn’t thinking about going there, but at one point they came in for me and so I asked (Inter boss Simone) Inzaghi to leave.

‘The fact that they didn’t try to make me sign a new contract bothered me a bit, it hurt me even. If Inter offered me a new contract, I would have stayed 100 per cent. That goes without saying.’

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