Liam Brady has opened up on Arsenal’s decision to discard Harry Kane when he was on their books at a very young age.
The Tottenham striker was signed by Arsenal’s academy at the age of eight, but was released by the club just one year later. Speaking to Italian outlet Corriere della Sera ahead of Spurs’ Champions League clash with Juventus, former Arsenal academy director (and Juve midfielder) Brady has revealed that issues regarding Kane’s weight and athleticism were big factors in the Gunners’ decision to let him go.
He also suggests that Tottenham had the right approach in loaning him out several times in his early career, and has praised the England international for his determination.
“He was chubby, not very athletic but we were wrong. But even Tottenham have loaned him 3-4 times in the minor series. But with his determination he is building a great career. And he deserves it. “
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Following his release by Arsenal, Kane went spent two years with Ridgeway Rovers, later joining Tottenham after a brief spell at Watford.
To say that he has been a success at White Hart Lane would be something of an understatement. Having cemented a first-team spot at the club during the 13/14 season, the 24-year-old has gone on to score 101 goals in 139 Premier League games – the most recent of which proved to be the winner in Spurs’ north London derby victory over Arsenal last Saturday.