Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit has revealed that Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood turned down the opportunity to sign Luis Suarez when he was a scout at the club. Sherwood was one of the scouts at Tottenham during the regime of Harry Redknapp. He was appointed as the new manager of the club on an 18 month deal during the middle of the season after poor run of results forced the club to sack manager Andre Villas-Boas. Sherwood will be coming up against a Suarez on Sunday and there is every chance that he will rue his mistake not to sign the player.
Suarez was a young and upcoming name and Ajax. Gullit says that Sherwood visited along with a number of colleagues in the hope of signing him. However, after watching a couple of matches, Sherwood decided to turn down to opportunity. Gullit has revealed that he persuaded Sherwood to take Suarez with his eyes closed because the Uruguay star was set for greatness. The Ajax striker moved to Liverpool in 2011 and he has been one of the best players in the world since then. The 27-year-old has already scored 29 league goals and is on course to setting a new record.
Tottenham, meanwhile, could have very top four aspirations ended if they lose to Liverpool on Sunday.
“They came to watch him. I met Sherwood together with Les Ferdinand, they were Harry Redknapp’s assistants at the time and were also his scouts. They asked me all kinds of questions about Suarez, so I just point blank said: “You have to snap him up, without any hesitation, in a heartbeat.” Well, we’re not sure,” they said whilst they actually watched him play. That’s a huge mistake, if you ask me. Afterwards they said to me: “Well, we might have got it wrong.”’ said Gullit.