The true reason why Arsenal rejected Kane as a young kid

By Daily Sports on February 15, 2018

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Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world today.vThe Tottenham Hotspurs man was in fine form on Tuesday night in Turin when he and his team laid down a marker on the European stage by coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Kane scoring the first.

However, it has been revealed that the current leading scorer of the English premier league was sent packing from Arsenal when he was a kid in the academy of the north London club. The reason? He was too fat.

Arsenal plucked Harry Kane from Ridgeway Rovers in 2001 but after failing to impress, released him just one year later.

The England striker then battled to get his career back on track and was handed a lifeline by Watford before linking up with Tottenham in 2004.

Since joining Spurs, things have gone from strength to strength for the 24-year-old who is now the deadliest striker in the Premier League.

And ex-Gunners youth academy manager Liam Brady has admitted he regrets letting Kane go, revealing he was ditched because of his physique.

When reminded of his decision to release Kane, Brady told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera: “Unfortunately yes.

“He was chubby and not very athletic, but we got it wrong.

“Even Tottenham loaned him out to the lower leagues three or four times though.

“But he’s building a great career thanks to his determination and he deserves it.”

Kane’s redemption story is a tribute to his desire to pay the fee to greatness. For many young kids who love football but are having issues with being overweight, it’s not easy for them to find the discipline needed to eat what their body needs for sports and not what they want to eat just because it tastes good. But Kane was able to refocus on his dieting and overall training, and now Arsenal are left rueing their loss.

Brady says: “Kane has a character which drives him to constant improvement.

“After [Lionel] Messi, [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Robert] Lewandowski there’s him – the numbers tell you that and he’s only 24.”

The sweet words from the Arsenal man notwithstanding, Kane expresses no sympathy for Arsenal, rather he relishes the career path that has led him to be a Spurs great.

Kane revealed last week he has never forgiven Arsenal for releasing him and now has a chip on his shoulder whenever he plays the Gunners.

“It’s funny how things work out — as it was after playing for Watford against Tottenham that I got the opportunity to join Tottenham’s youth academy,” he said.

“The white kit fitted better on me, I think.

“I remember the first time we played against Arsenal and even back then, I had a chip on my shoulder.

“It might sound ridiculous — I was only eight when they let me go — but every time we played them, I thought, ‘Alright, we’ll see who’s right and who’s wrong.’

“For me, the rejection is the best thing that ever happened to me.”

Source Daily Sports

Posted February 15, 2018


 

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