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.
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?
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