Tim Sherwood seems to suggest that Tottenham Hotspur should not have sold Steven Caulker and Jake Livermore.
Caulker, 22, came through the ranks at Spurs and was on their books until 2013, before being shipped out to Cardiff City.
The 25-year-old Livermore also progressed at the North London club’s youth academy, but he was let go to Hull City on a permanent deal in the summer of 2014.
Sherwood, who was in charge of Tottenham’s first team from December 2013 until the end of the 2013-14 season, has claimed that neither player was allowed enough time to show what they can do.
“At Spurs there was the opportunity to build the team around a nucleus of home-grown players, including those like Steven Caulker and Jake Livermore who were sold before they had the chance to flourish,” the 45-year-old wrote in The Independent.
“Against Chelsea on Wednesday it was notable that the young academy boys like Harry Kane and Ryan Mason were those who had the better games.
“In order to build a team, and a squad, you need a manager or a sporting director who knows what the club have already.
“I am sure that is what Spurs’ new head of recruitment Paul Mitchell will be doing now – watching the junior age-group teams, observing first-team training – because only then do you build up a picture of where the gaps need filling.”
While defender Caulker is currently at Queens Park Rangers, Livermore has established himself as a key player in the Hull team.