Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has revealed that managers were reluctant to play Harry Kane when he went out on loan to their clubs.
England Under-21 international Kane has been in brilliant form this season and has firmly established himself as a first-team regular for Spurs.
However, until only recently, the youngster was being farmed out to lower league clubs to get more playing time as he found his way to the first team blocked.
Kane did not always play regular for the clubs he went on loan to (Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich City and Leicester City), and Sherwood, who worked as a coach at Tottenham for a number of years before becoming the first-team manager for the second half of last season, has now explained why.
“Too many scouts and managers are too quick to turn the page as they go through their scouting reports on players in the Championship,” the 45-year-old wrote in The Independent.
“I still remember the different managers who told me that they could not pick the young Spurs striker I had sent them on loan. They just did not think he was good enough. The boy in question was Harry Kane.”
Sherwood’s argument is that many top-flight managers and coaches do not always rate young players who are playing in the Championship.
That is certainly the case on some occasions, but Kane’s struggles to get playing time in the Championship are not unheard of.
There are many examples where a footballer has not been impressive when he was younger and then gone on to have a great career.
Kane is on course to doing the same.