With Tottenham players returning from injury, Tim Sherwood is facing a number of selection dilemmas ahead of Spurs game against Liverpool at Anfield.
For the past number of weeks Tim Sherwood has faced selection problems due to players being out with injury. This has been particularly true in central defence where Sandro and Zeki Fryers formed an unlikely partnership but effective against Benfica. They were the only players available with Michael Dawson, Vlad Chiriches and Younes Kaboul absent through injury and Jan Vertonghen unavailable because of suspension. For the north London derby, Kyle Walker was on the bench even though he wasn’t fully fit and is expected to be out for a few weeks.
Central Defence – Who to Select?
Now the news is more positive with all of Tottenham’s central defenders recovered from injury and back in training this week. Kaboul and Vertonghen played last weekend against Southampton while Michael Dawson was among the substitutes. As reported last week, Chiriches has also made progress and he is expected to play for the Under-21 team against Arsenal as part of his progress to full fitness.
For the game at Anfield, Sherwood has his three most experienced defenders available but who will he select? There is the additional option of playing Vertonghen at left back instead of Danny Rose but the Belgian international wouldn’t appreciate such a move especially with Liverpool’s pace on the wings.
Midfield – Who to Select?
In midfield, injuries worries appear to have cleared up so most of central midfield players should be available giving Sherwood quite a selection dilemma with so many to choose from. Nabil Bentaleb would be expected to start even though he is the least experienced – he provides the work Sherwood expects in midfield.In Sandro’s absence last Sunday, Mousa Dembele returned from injury and played in the first half. As he was not fully fit, Gylfi Sigurdsson replaced him at the interval and apart from scoring the late winner, played his part in enabling Spurs to take control of a game which Southampton had bossed in the first half. Nacer Chadli who played so well in Lisbon had an impressive game against Southampton along with Christian Eriksen while Paulinho was on the bench.
The other problem in midfield concerns his choice of wide players – does he play 2 wingers and, if not, does he opt for Aaron Lennon or Andros Townsend?
Striker – Who to Select?
Last Sunday, Roberto Soldado had one of his best games for Spurs with his link up play with Eriksen and in creating the second goal. Emmanuel Adebayor who was injured for that game is expected to be fit for the Anfield game forcing Sherwood into a selection decision. Will he drop Soldado for the returning Adebayor or will he go with Soldado? The other option is to play both of them but that is unlikely as the manager will surely want 5 in midfield to combat Liverpool’s attacking threat.
How will Tim Sherwood resolve his Selection Dilemma?
His solution could be something like this:
Possible Team: Lloris; Naughton, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Sandro, Bentaleb; Lennon, Chadli, Eriksen; Adebayor. Subs: Friedel, Fryers, Dawson, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Townsend, Soldado