Tim Sherwood seems to have taken credit for the rise of Harry Kane 2 years ago

Tim Sherwood seems to have taken credit for the rise of Harry Kane

We could all do with a bit more Tim Sherwood in our lives.

While Sky Sports viewers were forced to tolerate the analysis of Thierry Henry, Gary Neville, Alan Pardew and Graeme Souness, Premier League fans in South Africa were treated to a spot of Tactics Tim prior to Spurs' opening day trip to Newcastle.

Sherwood was on punditry duty for SuperSport and was tasked with providing an analysis of his former side's talisman, Harry Kane.

Kane finished last campaign as top scorer, with 29 goals to his name, although he infamously tends to start seasons slowly.

The England international has developed into one of the most prolific forwards in Europe and it will surprise few to learn that Sherwood believes he played a huge role in that ascent.

"He's had to fight his way up the hard way. He's waited for his opportunity and had numerous loans where he was average at best," Sherwood started.

"But it was the belief of me, to be fair, that I needed to stop the fears of the managers who were managing at the time, like Harry Redknapp and Andre Villas-Boas.

"And tell them that this boy has got such good character and his strongest attribute is between his ears... that he will be a player no matter what happens because he knows where he wants to go and he doesn't know how to get there."

Sherwood also provided some insight into the limited say he had on transfers during his time at Aston Villa.

The recruitment process at Villa Park was not what Sherwood was accustomed to and it sure sounds like he doesn't look back on that spell fondly.