Tottenham goal poacher Harry Kane has revealed, per the Daily Star, that Arsenal released him from their academy because he was too small. The England striker notched an impressive 31 goals for Spurs last term, and was on the Gunners’ book for two seasons when he was still a tyro, as per the report. Kane was given the boot by the north London club at the age of nine.
The 22-year old would later go on to play for Ridgeway Rovers before being snapped up by Tottenham. Kane admits he enjoyed his time at Arsenal but claims his small stature probably played a part in his swift exit.
“It’s hard to tell at that age what the player is going to turn into,” Kane told the Daily Telegraph [via the Star]. “I was only small at that age. I was small for my age. I was a late developer. So, look, it’s hard to call a player at such a young age. After that I went to Spurs when I was 11. It wasn’t like it took off straight from then. I still had to work hard. There were highs and lows along the way. As I got older and older, I grew up a bit, caught up to the rest of the players my age and it went from there, really.”
Kane has fast developed to be one of the deadliest strikers in the Premier League and over the summer, the Englishman was linked with a move to Manchester United but he opted to remain with Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The Chingford-born striker has managed to bag six goals for Tottenham in the Premier League so far this season and continues to be one of the most feared in the English top flight.