After the second half capitulation at Chelsea Sherwood firstly placed the blame firmly at the feet of the players that he chose to start the game, something that is rarely effective and is always treated as the wrong thing to do if you wish to retain the hearts and souls of your squad, it is all very well to air your views and opinions behind closed doors but to publicly humiliate your own players probably spells the end for him and Tottenham’s entire season.
Some of us probably guessed what was likely to happen when the team was announced yesterday with what was a very strange lineup partially forced upon the coach by the unexpected absence of Moussa Dembele and the continuing injury problems of Christian Eriksen. The starting lineup and positions that the players were asked to take up meant that no less than four of those starting were played out of position andyet though they could have found themselves a goal or two down after only five minutes up until the first goal the performance was encouraging as Tottenham dominated possession though made little of it as usual.
Tim Sherwood has had very little time to work with the team this week following a period of international fixtures, the last before the season finishes thank goodness, but as far as we are aware he has fared very well in terms injuries with no reports of any further problems occurring in those games, in fact many of his players were excused duty or took little part in proceedings, even Paulinho only played the first 45 minutes for Brazil against South Africa. There are still doubts over the fitness of Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen and it is defensively that all the problems regarding selection remain with three fullbacks potentially unavailable, with only two fit centre backs even the option of Vertonghen switching roles is also out of the question.
We will not say too much on the subject as the following statement from the CPS really says it all, at long last and after a period of deliberation that was far too lengthy the resulting decision was the only option available and thankfully for the three Tottenham supporters used as examples in what was a bad move from all concerned the anxiety is over. Tottenham whose hand was forced into banning the three have rescinded that ban and reimbursed the three also confirming that they are now free to return to the club they have followed for many years. This is what the CPS had to say:-
Though I believe the decision has probably already been made to bring in a new high profile coach for the upcoming season and that Van Gaal is the preferred option, there must always remain the incentive for the current coaching team to win through, obviously the initial incentive was money with an eighteen month contract handed to Sherwood for a job likely to last just six months BUT the fact remains that if he can lead the club into the Champions League against all the odds then he deserves to lead the squad into the new season.
Not a great set of predictions last week as this topsy-turvy season continues along it’s way, since Christmas Eve each of the current teams in the top four have led the division and there will be many more changes as the weeks go by. At the beginning of the season many were predicting that clubs like Tottenham might have a good chance of upsetting the odds because of so many managerial changes at the top and United and Liverpool have been the obvious examples yet Arsenal, Chelsea and City have all increased their points total compared to this time last season. As we get into the crunch period of the season all of the clubs with ambition of winning the title, finishing in a Champions League spot or simply retaining their Premier League status will have to step up to the mark, six pointers will be coming thick and fast and there can be no excuses now and the time for coming out with the usual comments such as ” you don’t win anything in March” to be wrapped up, we know that you can’t win anything now but you can go a long way towards blowing any ambitions held or retaining a healthy interest in achieving objectives.
Irrespective of the loss of Gareth Bale To Real Madrid all at Tottenham had high hopes for this season because of the investment made in quality players, though in hindsight there were probably too many acquisitions, nevertheless we should remember that we were only pipped for fourth spot by a single point last summer and with ten games still remaining we are just a solitary point worse off despite all the moans groans and apparent disasters that have befallen us.
Yesterday Roberto Soldado scored a superb strikers goal to take all three points in the fixture against Cardiff, the relief when he scored was incredibly obvious as he held his head in his hands thankful that his personal hell was finally over. It had been his first goal in nine frustrating games but he took his chance superbly and showed just what he is capable of. to be fair to the tottenham support they have rarely wavered in their support of the spanish striker and they were just as pleased as him and all the players who all rallied around him to enjoy his moment, adebayor being the leader of the moment calling the players around, a nice touch from a player considered to be extremely self centered.
The most important thing today was the three points and Roberto Soldado’s goal finally won the day but yet again it was a difficult win as the team once again failed to flow and gave the opposition far to many opportunities to claw their way back into the game. Once again the final ball was our undoing as not enough care is taken and good opportunities to kill off games are squandered over and over again.
Today’s reports that Liverpool are aiming to pinch Jan Vertonghen from under Tottenham’s noses are miles apart from the truth, it is true that Vertonghen is the type of player that any decent club would wish to have in their ranks and there have been links to at least one of the Spanish giants as well as the fallen giant of English football Manchester United. As we all know Tottenham and Daniel Levy no longer sell their star players to teams in direct competition and though Liverpool are dominant at the moment they really could not afford the type of money Tottenham would demand to release him to a team in the Premiership.