Why Tottenham owe Tim Sherwood a thank you for this season's success

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood helped bring through the likes of Harry Kane and Nabil Bentaleb.

Tottenham Hotspur have Tim Sherwood to thank for some of the success that they are experiencing this season. 

Sherwood's time at White Hart Lane may have divided supporters, with some appreciating his honest approach in the media and others feeling he was tactically naive, but what cannot be questioned is his eye for talent. 

Sherwood was the manager who introduced Harry Kane to the first-team fold at White Hart Lane, while he also helped bring through Nabil Bentaleb and he even gave Josh Onomah his first chances at the club. 

It proves that Sherwood was putting his faith in the correct players during his time at the North London club, he just, perhaps, didn't have the tactical acumen to complete his strategy. 

Even so, he must be credited for making some impact this season. Although Mauricio Pochettino has deservedly received a lot of plaudits during his time at the helm so far, he may not have been quite as successful without Sherwood breaking in some of his key players. 

Kane and Bentaleb have become two of the first names on Tottenham's team sheet nowadays, but their bedding-in process took place under Sherwood's tutelage, meaning that they were immediately ready to make the step up this campaign.

Pochettino, of course, has help them develop even further - and his record at bringing through youth-teamers should not be overlooked - but he was offered a helping hand by his predecessor. 

Sherwood's time at White Hart Lane will, ultimately, be an easily forgettable one when looked back on, but Spurs fans should still be thankful for the job that he did - even if he wasn't the right man to take them forward. 

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