Tim Sherwood has praised Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy for retaining his faith in the club’s home-grown players.
In years gone by, North London outfit Tottenham have often splashed out cash and signed expensive players from abroad.
Although Spurs still have a number of foreign players in the squad, this season a number of youngsters have been given the chance.
England Under-21 international Harry Kane is a prime example. The youngster started the season as the team’s third-choice striker behind Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor, but now he is one of the first names on the teamsheet.
Algeria international Nabil Bentaleb also came through Tottenham’s youth academy and so did late bloomer Ryan Mason, while Andros Townsend also remains part of the squad.
Sherwood, who was the Tottenham manager for the second half of last season, has praised both boss Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Levy for keeping their faith in the club’s home-grown players.
“What you see in those youngsters is the culture that was promoted in the development squads,” the 45-year-old wrote in The Independent.
“They were told that all players have poor performances from time to time. What is not acceptable is failing to give everything to the cause to try to win matches.
“Pochettino has seen in these young players the qualities that he can rely on in the big games. The chairman Daniel Levy also deserves credit for sticking with the plan to bring through young players. Those kind of young players can take a team a long way.”
This is not the first time that Sherwood has praised Levy for retaining faith in the club’s young players.
Back in November, the Englishman hailed the Tottenham chairman for not letting go of Gareth Bale when the Welshman was younger and struggling to make an impact at White Hart Lane.
“Watching Gareth when I worked at Spurs under Harry Redknapp, and then Andre Villas-Boas, I felt it was just a matter of time before he flourished into the player he has become,” he wrote in The Independent.
‘That was why there was no serious consideration to him being sold in the early days. Daniel Levy deserves credit on that front, too. He believed in Gareth.”
Tottenham are currently fifth in the Premier League table with 34 points from 20 matches, just two points behind fourth-placed Southampton.