By Harry Sykes
Tottenham fans besieged West Ham chief Karren Brady with amusing messages after she laid into Harry Kane for a Twitter post proudly announcing that he had become a father.
The West Ham vice chairman used her weekly newspaper column to criticise the Tottenham talisman for his bad manners and “strangling the English language”.
He responded by scoring a brilliant hat-trick just hours later in Spurs’ 4-0 win over West Brom, and supporters took great delight in thanking Brady for motivating their main man.
Kane, who was rested from the team last weekend as they beat Aston Villa 2-0 in the FA Cup, revealed on his personal Twitter account last Sunday night that he and girlfriend Kate Goodland “had our beautiful baby girl, Ivy Jane Kane” earlier that day.
The outspoken Brady was unimpressed at Kane for taking credit for the birth, while also having a go at his grammar and sentence structure
“Congratulations to Harry Kane for his ‘assist’ in the birth of daughter Ivy Jane . . . but that’s all it was,” wrote Brady in her Sun column on Saturday.
“All the heavy work was done by your girlfriend, Harry — although you might not think so from his tweet that opens ‘Me and @KateGoodlandx had our beautiful baby girl ’.
“The lad wins no points from me for strangling the English language — or for good manners.”
Me and @KateGoodlandx had our beautiful baby girl this morning, Ivy Jane Kane at 7:30am. Weighing 7.8pounds. Amazing feeling, so proud!?❤??
— Harry Kane (@HKane) January 8, 2017
Brady’s criticism of an apparently inoffensive and positive personal message from the England international did not go down well with Tottenham fans.
A huge number of them took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon to remind the Hammers chief of her role in motivating Kane.
One said she had lived up to her biography post of being an inspirational speaker, while others said she had teed Kane up perfectly for his first hat-trick of the campaign.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— John Joyce (@John__Joyce) January 14, 2017
— Matt Polglaze (@Matt_Polglaze) January 14, 2017
— Marcus Farrell (@gimamjf) January 14, 2017
— Anthony (@73_anthony) January 14, 2017
— Jon Wood (@JonDubbya) January 14, 2017
— Chris Baker (@CDBaker86) January 14, 2017
— James Kemp (@MrJamesKemp) January 14, 2017
Kane has taken his goal tally for the season to 15 goals, 13 of which have come in the Premier League.
Only Diego Costa (14) has scored more in the league than the Spurs striker, but the Chelsea man will not play against Leicester on Saturday evening after an extraordinary bust-up with Antonio Conte.
Tottenham have also climbed to second in the league, leapfrogging Liverpool by one place, and narrowed the gap on leaders Chelsea to four points.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a striker has signed after Spurs agreed terms.