Harry Kane believes being rejected by Arsenal has been a key driving factor in his successful Tottenham career.
Kane, already the leading Premier League scorer in Spurs history, reached three figures with a late penalty in Sunday’s dramatic 2-2 draw at Liverpool.
Tottenham fans joyfully sing that academy product Kane is “one of our own” despite the England internationally initially being on the books of their north London rivals.
“After Arsenal, I bounced around a bit and went back to play for my local team and then I was spotted by a scout from Watford who offered me a trial,” Kane wrote in an article for the Players’ Tribune.
“It’s funny how things work out — as it was after playing for Watford against Tottenham that I got the opportunity to join Tottenham’s youth academy.
“The white kit fit better on me, I think. I remember the first time we played against Arsenal… and even back then, I had a chip on my shoulder.
“It might sound ridiculous – I was only eight when they let me go – but every time we played them, I thought, ‘Alright, we’ll see who’s right and who’s wrong’.
“Looking back on it now, it was probably the best thing that ever happened to me, because it gave me a drive that wasn’t there before.”
Proud to join the @premierleague 100 club.
— Harry Kane (@HKane) February 4, 2018