Tim Sherwood has had little time to work with the Tottenham players before selecting his first team for the capital One Cup match against West Ham at White Hart Lane.
Appointed as interim manager on Monday after the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, this match is an important one for Sherwood as he looks to impress Chairman, Daniel Levy, and make the point that he is capable of carrying on for longer than the initial two games he has been put in charge for while the club assesses who is available to fill the position.
After a heavy, morale sapping defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, the players will need a lift to their confidence and Sherwood will be looking for players who are committed for the team, each other and the club. The style of play under AVB came in for serious criticism so Sherwood knows that while progressing to the semi-finals of the Cup competition will be good – it is not enough, there is the need for an indication that the Tottenham style is going to return as well.
Sherwood’s intentions seem clear. He was quoted in the Daily Express saying,
We have to get out there on the front foot and we have to impose ourselves on them as soon as we can during the game.
Will Sherwood select a team he wants to then play at Southampton on Sunday or will he select a ‘mid-week Cup’ team? My expectation is that he will put out the best possible team available to him.
Sherwood will be without the suspended Michael Dawson and Paulinho so must make changes there. Sandro is injured and Jan Vertonghen won’t be available for a number of weeks so he must persevere without them. However, will some of the players who were on the periphery of the previous manager’s squad return to favour?
The answer to that question would appear to be an emphatic ‘Yes!’
Lloris; Walker, Chiriches, Capoue, Rose; Lennon, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Townsend; Adebayor, Defoe
Subs: Friedel, Fredericks, Fryers, Chadli, Eriksen, Holtby, Soldado
Sherwood’s selection has been made, the formation (4-4-2) has been decided upon but will the team play with a more impressive style? Only the 90 minutes on the pitch at the Lane tonight will provide the answer to that question.
To be continued…..
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