Tim Sherwood insists senior figures at Tottenham wanted to ‘sacrifice’ England new boy Harry Kane to bring in a foreign striker as recently as January 2014.
The Aston Villa manager said he refused to sanction the move as head coach and instead picked the then unproven forward regularly during the run-in.
Sherwood said: ‘There were people at the club who wanted to bring in another striker and sacrifice Harry Kane. I wouldn’t allow that to happen. They know who they are. That’s why they should trust the people who know football within the club and not listen to outside influences who are trying to flog them a player.
‘If they would have brought in somebody last January and his name ended in an “I” or an “O”, the fans would have been very excited, but I’m not sure he would have given them the same output as Kane has given.’
Since 2011, Kane has gone on loan with varying degrees of success to Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester, before sparking to life with 26 goals this season. Sherwood insists only Championship clubs would have been interested in the striker 14 months ago.
‘A lot of people would have taken him but no-one would have put their hand up in the Premier League,’ said Sherwood.
‘Everyone will tell you now that they always believed he would be a top player. But he had a few loans and a few managers never played him. They’d like him now, wouldn’t they?’