Harry Kane would not be playing at Tottenham if Andre Villas-Boas was still boss, says Les Ferdinand

AVB Alone

The likes of Kane, Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend would not have been in AVB's plans, claims the QPR sporting director.

Tottenham Hotspur are enjoying a renaissance at the moment, especially when it comes to their young players. The likes of Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Andros Townsend have all had reason to celebrate recently, either with club or country. Then there is the jewel in the crown - Harry Kane.

The striker has scored 33 goals in all competitions for club and country this season and is now a senior England international.

The image of Mason, Kane and Townsend celebrating the latter's strike against Italy this week is an image many a Tottenham fan will have revelled in.

But according to a former Spurs player and coach, none of them would be regulars at Tottenham were Andre Villas-Boas still at the club. Les Ferdinand, who now works with Chris Ramsey at QPR, told the BBC:

"I guarantee you now, had Tim, Chris and myself not taken over the first team, nobody would be talking about Kane, Mason and Townsend. Because we gave them the opportunity to play.

"They would not be playing at Tottenham otherwise. Andros went out on nine loans. Harry had four loans. Mason had five loans. They were no nearer the first team when they came back than when they went out on loan. It was only that we had been working with them and we knew we could put them in the first team and trust them."

Prior to AVB's sacking these players were barely getting a look in. Tim Sherwood's appointment saw much more football come the way of Bentaleb, Townsend and Kane. When Mauricio Pochettino took over in the summer he stood by those youngsters and also brought Ryan Mason in from the cold. The rest, is history.

Tottenham fans would likely agree that if AVB were still at the club, more big names would have arrived in the summer. The likes of Etienne Capoue and Paulinho would still be struggling in the first-team and Kane, he'd be behind Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebyaor in the pecking order.

So while Poch deserves the majority of the credit, his predecessors also deserve a little notice as well.

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