Spurs boss rejected chance to sign Suarez from Ajax.
Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood passed up the opportunity to recommend Luis Suarez to Spurs before the Uruguayan joined Liverpool, according to Ruud Gullit.
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The former Chelsea and Newcastle manager says he recommended Suarez to Sherwood and Les Ferdinand, who is currently Sherwood’s assistant at White Hart Lane, when the English duo were part of Harry Redknapp’s back-room staff.
Suarez has established himself as one of the finest players on the planet since joining Liverpool from Ajax, and has been the standout player in the Premier League this season, bagging 28 goals with seven games still to play.
“They came to watch him,” revealed Gullit.
“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.’
Instead of listening to Gullit’s advice, Sherwood and Ferdinand were reportedly unconvinced by the forward.
“‘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,'” Gullit added.
Suarez will come face to face with Sherwood and Ferdinand when Spurs visit Anfield on Sunday, and he could well inflict more misery on Tottenham after starring in Liverpool’s 5-0 rout at the Lane in December.