Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood believes home grown talent will be the key component if the club want to be successful in the future, according to the London Evening Standard.
The manager has only been in charge since December but has already had some influence on the squad, making academy player Nabil Bentaleb a first team regular.
Bentaleb continued that trend last night at Newcastle United, playing his part in a strong 4-0 win for the Champions League contenders at St James' Park.
Sherwood is hopeful of securing Champions League football in a bid to make the post his own on a long-term basis, but believes that aim should come alongside making producing star players through the academy a priority.
He said: “If you look at teams who have historically been successful, many of them have had a core of home-grown players running through their team," he said.
“The most successful team over recent years has been Manchester United, and we all saw the group of players that were brought into their first team through the academy. Now, Liverpool are going so well, and it’s no surprise that Steven Gerrard, who has been at the club all his life, is still there.
“The talent is here at Tottenham. It’s just about picking these players at the right time and getting in the right players around them, because these youngsters can only be as good as the senior players. Even the influx of foreign players helps bring on the younger ones," added Sherwood who, since Harry Redknapp brought him to the club in 2008 up until replacing Andre-Villas-Boas, worked with the academy.
It's not just about the talent though, according to the 45-year-old, it's about what you do with that talent. "Your recruitment has to be good, your development has to be good, and then your manager has to give them the opportunity at the correct time," he said.
Should Spurs finish in the top four this season, in itself a very tough task, and Sherwood keeps his job, then the task of nurturing homegrown talent would begin.
They already have some talent, Bentaleb, Tom Carroll, who's on loan at QPR, and England international Andros Townsend, but if they want to repeat the successes of clubs like Manchester United or Barcelona then Daniel Levy will have to show patience, something which in the past he hasn't always done.
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