'They would be singing for Soldado' – Sherwood on how Tottenham fans viewed Kane
By Amir Mir
Tim Sherwood has hailed Harry Kane as “fantastic” but believes he wasn’t always adored by the Tottenham faithful.
Spurs supporters can be regularly heard singing ‘he’s one of our own’ when referring to Kane, with the London-born player a star graduate of the club’s academy.
However, former Tottenham manager Sherwood, who coached Kane in the club’s youth ranks and brought him into the first team, believes it could have been a lot different for the talented forward.
Sherwood claimed that at the start of Kane’s senior career had he not got on the scoresheet early on then fans would have called for their former striker Roberto Soldado to come on to the pitch.
As a result, Sherwood believes he would not have been ‘one of their own’ as he delivered this fresh verdict on Kane when talking to Goals on Sunday, which aired on Sky Sports 1.
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“I laugh now when I hear Tottenham fans say ‘he’s one of our own’,” Sherwood told Sky Sports when talking about Kane.
“He wasn’t always one of their own because if you are sitting on the bench [referring to Soldado] if Harry hadn’t scored after half an hour then they would be singing for Soldado to come on the pitch.
“But now he’s one of our own. Brilliant. Fantastic and he is one of their own.”
England international Kane scored his first league goal for Spurs during their 5-1 home win over Sunderland when Sherwood was in charge of the club.
However, many feel, his career at Tottenham really kick-started when he scored a late goal in November 2014 away at Aston Villa.
During that match, he came off the substitutes bench to score a late free-kick, with Soldado starting that match for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The Spaniard was a £27million signing for Spurs, but he struggled during his time at the club as Kane, when given the chance, dethroned him from the starting XI.
In other Tottenham news, Alan Shearer has delivered his verdict on Dele Alli and N’Golo Kante picking up PFA awards.