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Difficulty At Tottenham - What's The Best Team?


Tim Sherwood wants to be appointed as permanent manager at Tottenham. Other managers have been approached but the problem for whoever takes over is quite simply that no one is sure what is the best Spurs team.

Whenever a new manager takes over at a club in mid-season, he usually has a good idea about the individual players and of the how the team has performed. With Tottenham having had such an influx of players in the summer, all of them new to the Premier League, even after five months of the season, noboby knows how best to put those players into a team. Taking over during the season would normally only require a few tweaks to the side with a stern talking to about attitude and effort.

Andre Villas-Boas constantly changed his team, so preventing any partnerships to develop within the side. Tim Sherwood changed the formation to 4-4-2 and his selection against West Ham showed 6 changes from AVB’s last team but he then made 6 changes for the side which won at Southampton.

There are certain players who, if fit, are automatic choices – Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen – but others have still to prove their worth and show that they can fit into the manager’s overall plan – Christian Eriksen, Roberto Soldado and Nacer Chadli.

Sherwood’s big decision was the return of Emmanuel Adebayor who has responded with 3 goals in two very positive performances. The player told reporters what Sherwood had said to him. The Mirror reported the manager’s words which built up the forgotten striker’s confidence.

Emmanuel, I know you for a long time, I need you, get out there and play your football – I will not tell you anything because you have been around the block at Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid, you know how to play.

The interim manager has an advantage in that, having been at the club for five years, working with the younger players at the club, he knows the young players who could be introduced into the team as he did with Nabil Bentaleb against Southampton. The young player’s display pleased Sherwood who told @SpursOfficial,

He was excellent. I knew he wasn’t going to be fazed, he’s not that type. Nabil trains every day as if it’s the last day in the world, he wants to improve and he listens. He’s a top player and ready to play.

Fans’ Dilemma

Ask fans and they will come up with different options for the current best Tottenham team. Whoever takes control whether on a short-term basis or in a permanent appointment, has some major decisions to make to get a big squad of talented individual players working together as a competitive and successful team, capable of making a top-4 finish in the Premier League. Tottenham needs that Champions League finish to avoid losing more talented players next summer.

What would your best team be from the players currently at Tottenham?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.

Tags: Best Team Manager Soccer Tim Sherwood Tottenham Hotspur

  • Phil

    Walker Chriches Vertonghen Rose
    Lamela Eriksen Dembele Chadli
    Ade Soldado

    Subs – Defoe Holtby Freidel Pauliniho Lennon Townsend

    • Logan Holmes

      Still think there’s room for Aaron Lennon on the right of midfield, more reliable than Lamela at present and provides greater cover defensively although Chadli delivered some good crosses into the box from the right at Southampton – he’d previously been used only on the left. COYS!

  • Declan Walker

    4+4+2 = 10th placed Spurs. Our best formation would have to be 4 – 1 – 2 – 3.
    With Gk – Lloris. Rb – Walker/Naughton. Cd – Chiriches & Vertonghen/ Dawson & Kaboul. Lb – BAE/Rose. Dm – Sandro/Capoue Cm- Dembele & Eriksen/ Paulinho/Siggurdson & Holtby. LF – Townsend/Lamela RF – Chadli/Lennon. St – Adebayor/ Soldado/ Defoe. I do not rate Paulinho, Rose, Dawson, Lennon or Defoe at all. I feel that Chadli is to slow and the Lamela needs more time. Oh. Well. Under Timaaaah Sherwood we will see Dawson, Lennon and Defoe rack up the hours (mistakes, non-assists and off-sides respectively) and we will see players like Sandro, Dembele and Vertonghen heading for the escape route. I mean – We currently have 7 international players that would occupy the midfield.At the very least 2-3 of those players will be gone if we insist on the archaic methods of Tim. So take your pick and say goodbye to 3 of Paulinho, Capoue, Holtby, Siggurdson, Sandro, Dembele, and Eriksen. The first 3 the most likely IMO opinion. But – Also DO NOT BE SURPRISED if Sandro and Dembele get serious attention from rival clubs and European giants this January. Dembele to Man Utd and Sandro to AC Milan would not surprise me at all. Sad but true. Complete reboot time.

    • Logan Holmes

      I fear that there’s a lot of truth in what you say – if we don’t make the CL, which is looking unlikely at present even though we’re only 6 points off top, there will be a queue of players looking to move on – headed by Vertonghen, Lloris, Dembele. Others will become dissatisfied if they’re not playing and will look to move on. as well for regular football.

      I hope I’m proved wrong. COYS!