Tim Sherwood says that Spurs fan like signings whereas Liverpool fans "embrace" their homegrown players

Tim Sherwood says Spurs fans appreciate signings more than homegrown stars. Picture: Action Images

Tim Sherwood says Spurs fans appreciate signings more than homegrown stars. Picture: Action Images

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Tim Sherwood says Spurs fans are not appreciative enough of home grown players.

Sherwood was the club's academy technical coordinator before replacing Andre Villas-Boas in December and has handed several academy graduates their chance since stepping up to the role of head coach.

Midfielder Nabil Bentaleb has been preferred to a number of more established central midfielders, whilst Harry Kane has scored three in three after being picked ahead of €26m club record signing Roberto Soldado.

And the Spurs head coach cited Liverpool as a club where fans are more appreciative of younger players coming through the ranks.

“Liverpool are a different kettle of fish to us," Sherwood told the Daily Mirror.

“Home-grown players at Liverpool are embraced. They love home-grown players at Liverpool. Tottenham fans like signings."

Liverpool have leant heavily on the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jon Flanagan this season, whilst Tottenham spent big last summer, splashing out over £100m on new additions following Gareth Bale's high-profile move to Real Madrid.

Sherwood continued by citing the case of 20-year-old Kane, who has scored goals against Sunderland, West Brom and Fulham in consecutive games.

“Look at the other home-grown players. Do they get much time? Do they get a lot of pressure?"

“Harry Kane has scored three in three. But if he has not scored in half an hour they are still singing Robbie’s [Roberto Soldado's] name to come on. It is very difficult.”

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