Newly appointed Aston Villa boss, Tim Sherwood, has hit out at former employers Tottenham for their 'ridiculous handling of homegrown players',' according to the Daily Mirror.
Particularly, it would appear that had it not been for Sherwood's intervention following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, Harry Kane would have left the north London club two seasons ago. Indeed, it seems a ludicrous prospect when one considers the sensational season the 21-year-old is having. He's scored an incredible 16 Premier League goals already this term, including the memorable brace which secured a famous victory over north London arch-rivals Arsenal.
Not everyone had faith in youngsters
Despite receiving his first senior England call up on Thursday, it would appear that the Tottenham hierarchy did not believe youngsters such as Kane deserved the chance to shine for Spurs. In fact, Sherwood has revealed that had it not been for him pushing Kane into the first-team squad, the youngster would have been offloaded to another team.
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"There were people at club who wanted to bring in another striker and sacrifice Harry Kane (in January 2014) but I wouldn’t allow that to happen,” the Aston Villa manager said.
“I don’t name names but there was more than one (person). Where were they looking to send him out? Anywhere, anyone".
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Spurs hierarchy responsible
It is not just Kane who was at risk of being offloaded, and it seems that Sherwood vehemently opposed other Tottenham youngsters departing to other, smaller clubs as the hierarchy searched for bigger-name signings to push for Champions League qualification after they had sacked Villas-Boas.
The hierarchy of the north London club has come under heavy fire by Sherwood, who said: "I just think it’s ridiculous that you let your homegrown players go".
Although Tottenham's young midfielder Ryan Mason recently praised Spurs' handling of their youth-system products, if Sherwood's recent revelations are anything to go by, it seems that the Spurs hierarchy has never had the best interests of their youngsters at heart.
In fact, it seems pertinent that even Mason, who has also been one of Spurs' best performers this season, had a string of loan spells at Yeovil, Millwall, Doncaster and Swindon plus a disastrous five months at French club Lorient.
Although Kane was lucky enough to remain at Spurs and prove his worth, Sherwood revealed: "I thought it was poor that Jake Livermore should leave (for Hull), I thought it was poor that (Steven) Caulker should leave (for Cardiff), I’m talking about players who are playing in the Premier League week in and week out."
Certainly, it seems laughably ironic that some of the players the Spurs hierarchy were so keen to offload have now become regular starters during Mauricio Pochettino's tenure.