By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Ledley King has credited Tim Sherwood for the stunning rise to prominence of Harry Kane.
The former Tottenham manager gave the England striker his first opportunities at White Hart Lane towards the end of the 2013/14 season.
Sherwood had also been a huge advocate of Kane when he managed the Spurs development squad for five years as the 22-year-old emerged through the ranks at White Hart Lane.
Ex-Spurs captain and club ambassador King paid tribute to the influence of Sherwood in the progress of the player expected to lead the line for England at Euro 2016.
Speaking of the role his former teammate played in Kane’s development, King told Squawka: “I think Tim was someone that really believed in him, gave him that opportunity and obviously [Mauricio Pochettino] has come in and taken it on because at the time [Emmanuel] Adebayor was there and it was easy for the manager to play Adebayor in front of Harry.”
Following four separate loan spells away from White Hart Lane, Kane first began to make his mark at the club in the 2013-14 season when he scored three goals in ten Premier League games under Sherwood.
Kane started the 2014-15 campaign as Spurs’ third-choice striker but after eventually forcing himself into the starting XI, he ended the season with 21 league goals before bettering that this term with 25 – a total that earned him the golden boot.
His rapid improvement caught many by surprise and King drew parallels with former Spurs star Bale, who recovered from a poor start at White Hart Lane to become the most expensive player in the world.
“It’s similar to Gareth Bale, we all knew that he was a good player but the level that they’ve reached has been incredible,” King added to Squawka. “So quick as well.The turnaround in Harry in such a short space of time is crazy.
“I’ve always said that he’s been a goalscorer but he seems to have got faster, stronger, fitter and it just shows that if you have someone that is confident in you and gives you that opportunity then there’s plenty of players with talent.”
In other Tottenham news, the club are keeping close tabs on a highly rated Holland central midfielder.