Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood has suggested that the club’s fans are vital to the progress and development of younger players.
Sherwood has urged Spurs fans to stay patient with the younger players in Mauricio Pochettino’s first team squad, suggesting that slight tweaks could move Tottenham forward.
“If that crowd can stay behind those young boys then Tottenham can go to the next level,” Sherwood told talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.
“They can bring a lot of academy boys through, and then spend the £40-50m on one or two ‘make the difference’ players.”
Tottenham’s fans were thrown into the limelight earlier this season when striker Emmanuel Adebayor claimed it may be better for the first team to play away from home and under less pressure.
However, another ex-manager, Glenn Hoddle, leapt to the defence of supporters, suggesting that while tough, Spurs fans will back any player representing Tottenham if they show the right qualities.
Sherwood may feel frustrated by the fact he wasn’t given more chance to work with the younger players at White Hart Lane, but he feels the core nucleus of a very good squad is in place.
“That’s the key. They have a nucleus of great young footballers, they just need to add a few good teachers in and around them.”
Tottenham, like every other club, will have January transfer plans and have already been linked with some top quality players to come in ahead of an important second half of the season.
Mauricio Pochettino is constantly striving to find the perfect balance but he’s continued a trend of using younger players, which he started at Southampton and there’s a real opportunity for younger players to develop and grow their relationships with fans to get the backing that Hoddle believes is there for any first team star.