Harry Kane would not be flying at Spurs if it wasn't for me, says Sherwood

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

New Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood says Harry Kane would not be enjoying the success he is this season if it was not for him.

New Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood says Harry Kane would not be enjoying the success he is this season if it was not for him.

Kane has netted 23 times in all competitions in 2014/15 and is not only the clear first choice at the club but he is on the verge of an England international call-up.

Sherwood believes he left a legacy at Tottenham with regard to blooding young players, feeling Kane is a prime example.

He told BT Sport: "If I hadn't resisted the club wanting to loan him out last January, he wouldn't be Harry Kane now.

"He's had to be very strong mentally, he's had to fight it. They haven't always sung 'He's one of our own'.

"I'd had Harry Kane since he was 11 or 12 don't forget. It makes a lot of difference, I know them better than their parents as footballers."

Kane was handed six starts in the Premier League by Sherwood last season, and scored three times.

In all competitions he made 13 first appearances under Sherwood, as opposed to seven under previous boss Andre Villas-Boas.

The acclimatisation to Premier League football he enjoyed at the end of last season has clearly helped, but it does seem as though Sherwood is a little too overtly trying to claim credit for Kane's success.

The real architect of Harry Kane's success is none other than... Harry Kane, and his own hard work.

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