Did Tim Sherwood really scout Raheem Sterling?
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has claimed ahead of this Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final that he tried to get Tottenham to sign Raheem Sterling when the winger was at Queens Park Rangers.
According to The Telegraph, whilst Sherwood was at White Hart Lane, he scouted the then 14-year-old, and tried to persuade the Spurs hierarchy to bring him to the club. Their loss was our gain, as the England international joined us one year later.
He is not the first player that Sherwood has – retrospectively – claimed to have spotted something in before the rest of us. The Daily Mirror reported last month that Sherwood claimed that his former club were close to letting Harry Kane go last season, before he stepped in.
Sterling has been one of the main focal points ahead of the Wembley showdown, as his behaviour continues to come under the microscope. His latest misdemeanour saw the player inhaling laughing gas which, although not illegal, can have some serious side-effects.
But Sherwood has defended the winger, suggesting that he should be allowed to make some mistakes, without being slated for it by the media.
“I’m not condoning what he did because he’s a young man but I have a wee bit of sympathy,” he said.