Tim Sherwood picked up his 11th win from his 23rd game as Tottenham Hotspur manager but it looks to all be in vein as continued speculation about his future seems to have picked up this week. It is understood that the club will look to replace him in the summer which doesn't exactly come as too much of a surprise.
There have been many reports suggesting Sherwood will be on his way in the summer, and they have been apparent throughout his whole tenure which can't have made things easy for him. Sherwood held out for an 18-month contract when appointed as manager so at least he will be due some compensation if he departs but it's a shame given the refreshing approach he has brought to the Premier League.
His interviews have been frank, honest and entertaining, given many other managers just say what is expected of them. His team selections have been bold and the reintroduction of Emmanuel Adebayor to the side has been a huge highlight of the club's season. His attacking line-up's have seen Spurs score more goals and play attractive football.
He has also given youth a chance, with Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane particularly benefitting from this. Milos Veljkovic was also brought off the bench in Monday's game. Himself and Bentaleb are aged just 18 and 19 respectively and will be set for more chances at the club. Bentaleb has been a consistent selection in Sherwood's line-up's and could go on to establish himself in the side.
Congrats to @hkane28 fully deserved that goal and performance tonight! Been a beast in training last few months!!— andros townsend (@andros_townsend) April 7, 2014
Kane is 20-years-old and has already had four loan spells away from the club with Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich City and Leicester City. He has made ten appearances for Spurs this season with eight of them coming under Sherwood. The manager likes to give youth a chance and Kane needs that to carry on progressing.
He is currently one of England's brightest prospects and has scored 12 goals in 24 appearances at youth level for England. Spurs will most probably buy at least one striker in the summer, with Adebayor and Roberto Soldado the only other options up front currently. However too many purchases will see Kane pushed down the pecking order and he could well be loaned out again.
That's not what he needs right now, he's been there and done that and he now needs game time in the top flight. England's promising youngsters are very rarely given a chance in the Premier League especially at a top club like Tottenham. I'm not saying he should be first choice next season, but he has shown enough to continue to be in and around the first-team squad.
He scored his first Premier League goal yesterday assisted Adebayor for his second and also got two assists against Benfica in the second leg of the Europa League tie. Adrian Durham writes for The Daily Mail that there is something wrong with the system if youngsters brought through the academies, have their loan spells and then fail to go on and star for club and country. Durham mentions Josh McEachran and Connor Wickham as examples of players with huge promise whose career's seem to have stalled.
Time, money and effort goes into the development of these players and only a very small percentage of them go on to establish themselves in the Premier League and when they do the country falls over themselves and labels them as the next English superstar. Yet in the last few years the only player to have come through the English youth teams and Premier League academies and then star in the first-team is Ross Barkley. If Sherwood is replaced in the summer, Harry Kane may not get another chance.