By Harry Sykes
Karren Brady has hailed Harry Kane for accepting the advice of his father and not covering his body in tattoos.
The outspoken West Ham vice-chairman said in her weekly newspaper column she is a massive fan of Kane as a footballer and likes him even more for his stance on body art.
Brady made the observation after Kane provided further demonstration of his talent with a superb hat-trick in Tottenham’s 4-0 Premier League demolition of Stoke last weekend.
“Harry Kane is an old-fashioned centre-forward, shaping up to be the best English goalscorer since Alan Shearer,” wrote Brady in her Sunday dispatch for her Sun diary column. “He adds three against Stoke this afternoon, his third hat-trick in nine matches.
“Unlike many of his fans he’s free from tattoo scribble and that makes me like him even more.
“Listen to this: ‘My dad would never let me. He always told me I would regret it when I was older.’
“Good advice and, just as important, proof he can take it. Plenty of young men could learn from him.”
Brady’s comments will come as a surprise to many Tottenham fans, who are used to her being critical of their club given her West Ham connections.
The two London clubs are major rivals and there is a historical antipathy from the Hammers towards the north Londoners, which was strengthened following their battle to rent the Olympic Stadium.
West Ham won that fight and are now preparing to host Chelsea in their next match at the London Stadium on Monday night.
By contrast, Spurs are preparing for Sunday’s Premier League home fixture against Everton at White Hart Lane.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.