Tim Sherwood has finally admitted to what Tottenham supporters have known all season. He doesn’t know what is Spurs best team and I suggest, neither did Andre Villas-Boas.
The departure of Gareth Bale last summer and the arrival of seven new players at Tottenham as Andre Villas-Boas, aided or hindered by Technical Director, Franco Baldini, and Chairman Daniel Levy, attempted to create a new Spurs team has proved extremely problematic. So difficult has it been that AVB lost his job and in all likelihood so will Tim Sherwood come the end of the season.
Last weekend, Tim Sherwood finally admitted to the fact that he didn’t know his best team. This admission will not have come as a surprise to any Tottenham supporter as we have witnessed a season where the team has been constantly changed with no clearly defined playing pattern to be seen.The arrival of seven players in the August transfer window, none of whom had any experience of playing in the Premier League became a major issue as they struggled to adapt to the rigours and demands of English football. Villas-Boas had a very defensive system which initially brought results but the style of play was slow and ponderous with teams quickly recognising that a blanket defence would strangle Tottenham’s creativity.
It appeared with last summer’s signings that AVB had a plan to use power and strength as a major weapon in midfield but it failed to produce the domination expected in midfield or the creativity once they reached the opposition penalty area. The new players needed time to develop in a settled team but with the frequent changes that was impossible. AVB tinkered and constantly rotated players in the forlorn hope of finding a solution but it never came.
Following his departure, Tim Sherwood discovered the same problem. He couldn’t decide upon a team that would play as he envisioned a Spurs team should perform and so the changes in selection continued. The team selected for the game at West Bromwich was the first time that the same team was selected for two consecutive teams and that only lasted until half-time when Vlad Chiriches was withdrawn following a very poor display.
BBC Sport reported from last week’s press conference as Tim Sherwood said,
I have assessed the players more than anyone. I could not tell you the best 11 players at Tottenham. They’re are all so similar, much of a muchness regarding the same quality.
The only players who were omitted from this were goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, striker Emmanuel Adebayor who was restored to the team on Sherwood’s appointment and recently Christian Eriksen.
The Daily Mail reported Tim Sherwood saying,
Our two exceptions are the goalkeeper and Emmanuel Adebayor. Christian Eriksen is getting there, you can’t leave him out at the moment.