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Tottenham v Everton review

Posted on February 07, 2014 by Tony

Another early kick off but hopefully, just for once, the Tottenham team start on the front foot from the off, and get into their stride immediately rather than allow the opposition to dictate early on. Far too often we have found ourselves either chasing the game or battling to gain a foothold after a sluggish start. We know that Tim Sherwood has a strong squad to choose from against this talented Everton team as we understand that only Eric Lamela, Vlad Chiriches and Sandro of the recognised first team squad are injured and unavailable for selection.

Everton have a number of injuries in attack with none of their recognised centre forwards available due to injury, regardless it will be a midfield five for them as they seek to control proceedings with an extra man. Tim Sherwood has already stated that Tottenham will not change their team set up and style, though what that currently is remains unclear. We now know he is reluctant to use a defensive midfield player, this despite a distinct lack of pace in central defence. He prefers to start with two forwards, though they do not seem to play as a pair as one or other drops back into midfield areas to help when needed, but he has shown that from time to time he has changed that system when needed.

Roberto Martinez knows the game and has great experience as a coach, now working with far better players he is beginning to show his quality and just three league defeats all season is testament to his ability. hopefully Tim Sherwood will take a look at Everton’s recent visit to Arsenal, it eventually finished as a draw but Everton controlled most of the game and made most of the best chances, This is not the game to be taking chances, not the game for inexperienced youngsters and not the game to persevere with out of form players, now is the time to pick players that can and do make a difference and have a history of doing so, balance, experience and ability is what is needed on Sunday.

Most of us would like to see a team set up to provide real width and that means Lennon on the right and Townsend on the left, in the centre though Sherwood will point to the Everton youngster Ross Barkley as the equivalent of Nabil Bentaleb, in reality it is time to take our youngster out of the firing line and choose our more experienced players.

We shall soon see whether Sherwood and the team is up to the challenge,  if the results go in our favour we could be level fourth after this weekend, get it wrong and we could be looking at a gap of as many as six points to claw back.


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  1. Bigh says:

    The key will be the midfield. Only strength and experience please and I agree give Bentaleb a rest. Martinez is tactically astute and will load the midfield and barry and macarthy will do the donkey work. Full backs attack so our wingers will have to be alive. Team selection at the heart of midfield will decide this. Hate early sunday kick offs cos they are a pain. Hard to predict this one, heart always says Spurs! COYS!

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