Sherwood claims Spurs star Harry Kane would be playing Championship football if it wasn't for him

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane has been one of their best performers so far this season.

Tim Sherwood has told the Telegraph that Harry Kane would still be playing in the Championship if it wasn't for him.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker has been a revelation for the Lilywhites this campaign, stepping out of the unknown to become the side's main man, but Sherwood feels that he deserves some of the credit for his meteoric rise.

Spurs had apparently hoped to loan Kane out when Sherwood was in charge, but he insisted that the 21-year-old was kept in the first-team and the club are reaping the benefits now.

"Truth be known, if Tottenham had had their way ... then Harry Kane would not have been Harry Kane today, because he would have been on loan at a Championship club to gain even more experience," Sherwood said. "And he would not have got his opportunity to play for Tottenham. The rest is history as far as he is concerned."

For all of Sherwood's faults, his ability to spot talent was unquestionably one of his major strengths and Spurs are still benefitting from his time as manager.

Kane was brought into the first-team last term, as was Nabil Bentaleb, and the pair have stepped-up to become two of the side's most prominent players this campaign.

Whether that is entirely down to Sherwood is open to debate, as Mauricio Pochettino will feel he has played his part in their development, but the 45-year-old certainly deserves some credit for helping them progress.

Spurs are now building on the foundations that Sherwood claims he put in place, with Pochettino promising to bring through even more youngsters in the near future.

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