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Tim’s team changes for tonight.

Posted on February 12, 2014 by Guest Writer

Nothing really clicked into place against Everton but fortunately it was noted andaccepted by all at Tottenham that work needed to be done and that perhaps the performance did not warrant the three points. Tim Sherwood not only expressed his displeasure at yet another slow start but also the fact that the team did not follow instructions for most of the first half, that was clear from his antics on the sideline and he was honest enough to admit so. The players are also well aware of the problems as one or two have been honest enough to admit, jan vertonghen had this to say when recently interviewed “”We need to work on our shape and our movement and then the sharpness will be there. Tim now has a chance to work on our shape”  After tonight Sherwood and his coaching staff will have a ten days to work with the squad on the training ground before our next league game away to Norwich on the 23rd Feb

Possible lineup

Possible lineup

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The chances are that the back four and obviously the keeper positions will remain unchanged for the time being, Adebayor will remain as the lone striker and it will be the five in midfield that will alter slightly. Based on current form perhaps it is time to replace Lennon with Andros Townsend though it is not totally clear whether Lennon’s form is down to the job he is being asked to do for the team.

Christian Eriksen is certainly worth his place in the team but it seems that Sherwood will not play him at the expense of any of his fit midfield trio of Dembele, Paulinho and Bentaleb, that means that a place is found for him on the left side of midfield to which he is not really suited and which leaves Rose exposed, similarly as has been said on untold occasions the use of a proper defensive midfielder is sometimes essential, Capoue is fit now and Sandro is not far away and that will give him more selection headaches.

Until such time as a dreadful defeat or injuries force changes it is doubtful whether Sherwood will change much, if anything, I do have a sneaky feeling that he might go with Townsend for Lennon or Bentaleb to allow Eriksen a central role but other than that slight possibility expect an unchanged team but with Paulinho released into a more attacking role.

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