Ex-Arsenal chief reveals how Gunners lost Kane to Spurs - FCNaija

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 12/02/2018

Harry Kane

Former Arsenal academy director Liam Brady reveals how Gunners released Harry Kane at the age of eight because ‘he was a bit chubby and not very athletic.

Brady has admitted the club ‘made a mistake’ by judging the striker too quickly, having watched Kane become one of the most clinical strikers in world football.

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The 24-year-old  leave Arsenal and have a brief trial with Watford before switching to rivals Tottenham Hotspurs aged 11 and has since gone on to score 101 Premier League goals by the age of 24, including seven goals in for Spurs in North London derby encounter.

Liam Brady

Kane recently admitted being released by the Gunners, the club he supported as a boy, was ‘the best thing that ever happened’ to him.

And, after seeing him score the winner in Saturday’s north London derby, ex-academy chief Brady admits the club were wrong to let him go.

“He was a bit chubby,” he told Italian publication Corriere della Sera.

“He wasn’t very athletic, but we made a mistake.

“Tottenham sent him out on loan to lower-division clubs three or four times as well. 

“But through his determination he has carved out an amazing career and he deserves it.

“He has a character that drives him to improve all the time." 

Brady spent nine years with Arsenal as a player between 1971 and 1980 and was then hired as director of the Arsenal academy between 1996 and 2014.