By Harvey Byrne
West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has claimed loan moves to each of Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester helped transform Tottenham star Harry Kane from a promising pro into a prospering striker.
There is currently much debate surrounding the loan market with club’s such as Paris Saint-Germain exploiting it to sign Kylian Mbappe, while Premier League duo Chelsea and Manchester City seemingly send out a whole squad on loan each season.
However, Brady, who has worked in football form many years with both Birmingham and West Ham still believes it is essential to develop the younger players.
The Hammers chief specifically used Kane as an example, stating that while he was hardly prolific for any of his loan sides, they helped him to grow personally and thus transformed him.
“This borrowed time may not always make better players – but in general it makes better people,” wrote Brady in her column for the Sun.
“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.”
Kane ended up playing 65 times in total across his four loan spells, but he only managed a return of 16 goals.
It is a far cry from his record for Tottenham, which has seen him bag a phenomenal 99 goals in 168 outings since making his debut back in 2011 and becoming one of the Premier League’s greatest marksman.
On Friday evening he also bagged twice for England in the convincing 4-0 victory over Malta at the World Cup qualifying stage and it is a definite that however way he progressed into the player he is today then it certainly worked.
In other Tottenham news, an Argentine football expert has given a glowing reference on new signing Juan Foyth.