Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood believes the club must focus on youth players instead of big-name signings, reports Goal.com

Sherwood, whose Spurs future is in doubt, has called for the club to place trust in their youth players. The Spurs boss has handed vital experience to the likes of Harry Kane and Nabil Bentaleb during his short time as White Hart Lane manager.

After selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Spurs spent over £100million last summer on new players, with former boss Andre Villas-Boas and technical director Franco Baldini buying players such as as Etienne Capoue and Erik Lamela, who have struggled to make an impact in London. But Sherwood believes that the club should focus on homegrown talent:  “The fans at Tottenham want signings, they always have since Ossie Ardiles’ time.” said Sherwood.

“You have to educate the fans to take a step back. I have always believed that your best players are your homegrown. You might get a [Cristiano] Ronaldo but you have to pay for them. Over time your best players are homegrown. Look at Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville. Even at Tottenham it’s Glenn Hoddle. They really care about the club. At Ajax, homegrown players are given more time. Here it is the other way round.”

Spurs are currently 6th, 7 points behind 4th placed Arsenal.