The former Tottenham striker has admitted that Premier League sides need to have more patience with young players.
Les Ferdinand has used his loan spell at Besiktas as a classic example of how young players should be given time to develop by Premier League clubs.
Before breaking through at Queens Park Rangers, the now retired forward had a successful loan spell in Turkey that propelled him into the London club’s first-team reckoning.
Citing Tottenham star Harry Kane as a reference, the former Spurs striker has stated that he feels young English players are not given enough of an opportunity to show their worth in the starting XI in today’s cut-throat atmosphere of the Premier League.
Ferdinand stated that the North London club have used the loan system well to develop the likes of Kane and Ryan Mason.
“We used to have this argument all the time,” Ferdinand told Sport360°.
“We bring foreign players into the Premier League and we give them 18 months to settle but we take a youngster out of the development squad who has had a couple of games in the Championship and if he’s not hit the ground running in three or four games, he’s not good enough.
“But given the chance and the opportunity these players will come through.
“Unless you give the kids the opportunity they won’t gain experience. Besiktas in Turkey gave me that opportunity and I took it with both hands. It was the making of me as a footballer. It will work for some players but not for others.”
Spurs have placed an emphasis on home-grown talent over the last year, with the North London club fielding the youngest side in the Premier League this season recently.
With tomorrow’s Capital One Cup final in mind, youth team graduates Kane, Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Andros Townsend are all in contention to start for Mauricio Pochettino’s side against Chelsea.