Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has hailed the impact Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood had on his career.
Kane was quoted in The Mirror after his PFA Young Player of the Season Award win, crediting Sherwood with his success.
Kane is thankful towards his former head coach, stating: "Tim Sherwood gave me a chance and I managed to score a few goals, then Mauricio Pochettino did the same, gave me the chance - and I scored.
“If Tim hadn’t given me the chance, I might not be where I am now. It is about a manager having faith in you, giving me that trust on that big stage. I know it’s tough nowadays because there’s so much scrutiny on managers and so much pressure."
Sherwood will naturally be delighted to hear such comments, after his own comments taking credit for the striker's emergence became the subject of criticism from Spurs fans earlier this year.
The manager is the man of the moment at current club Aston Villa, leading them up the table, beating Tottenham in the process, and even into the FA Cup Final, defeating Liverpool in the semi-final.
While Sherwood may have persuaded the club to keep Kane, and given him a platform to score his first league goal at the end of last season, Mauricio Pochettino's management of the striker has been more important.
The Argentine has overseen his development from promising forward into England international and Golden Boot candidate, with Kane netting 30 in all competitions this season, even voted second for the main PFA Player of the Year Award, in addition to his Young Player triumph.