By Harry Sykes
Karren Brady has raved about how Harry Kane was transformed from a promising youngster into a striker with the world at his feet during his time on loan from Tottenham.
Writing in the Sun, West Ham vice-chairman Brady explained the benefits of the loan system and how it provides an excellent learning curve for up-and-coming players who cannot get a game at their home club.
The long-standing Hammers chief is renowned for taking pot shots at Tottenham, who are bitter rivals of her own club.
But she is adamant that Kane is proof of the success of the loan system and how it provides a learning environment in the Football League for potential Premier League stars of the future.
“Spurs’ Harry Kane didn’t rip up the record books at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich or Leicester but his progression enriched him no end – transforming the promising pro into a prospering striker,” Brady wrote in the Sun.
“At West Ham, we insist on a financial penalty if our players do not get plenty of first-team time. This borrowed time may not always make better players – but in general it makes better people.”
Kane returned to Tottenham in May 2013 after his final loan spell at Leicester had come to an end.
He has subsequently established himself as Spurs’ talisman and the number one striker in England, accumulating 10 goals in 21 internationals.
Kane has topped the Premier League goal charts for the last two seasons and has now scored an extraordinary 99 goals in 168 appearances for the north London club.
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