Sherwood's bold move pays off

Monday 23rd December 2013 14:14

Emmanuel Adebayor: Had a good game at Southampton

Emmanuel Adebayor: Had a good game at Southampton

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Tottenham FanZoner Nik Wardle says it was refreshing to see Tim Sherwood field a team at Southampton without a recognised defensive midfielder.

It was pleasing to see us create so many chances and ultimately win at Southampton.

The performance and result will have boosted Sherwood's chances of securing the role full-time - as the old song goes: We got our Tottenham back - for better and for worse.

Firstly it was nice to see us causing an opposition back four so many problems. Emmanuel Adebayor had a good game and Roberto Soldado had much more freedom, playing with a partner. It has to be said that Saints were missing most of their regular back line, but you can only beat what's in front of you.

Playing without a regular defensive midfielder was a bold move from Sherwood. We approached the game as if it were a cup tie and it paid off. Against cuter opposition, our back four would've been got at a lot more, though, so it was far from a perfect performance. In particular, there were often huge gaps between the midfield and the back four and between Danny Rose and Vlad Chiriches.

Still, our players are still getting to know each other and a new manager, so it would be too much to expect a well oiled machine.

It was also lovely to see Nabil Bentaleb make his debut. I'd not seen him play before and he looked confident. Hopefully he will get more game time over the course of the season. As we've seen with Andros Townsend, you can occasionally promote from within your ranks rather than buying all the time.

I expect Sherwood to continue to be bold whilst he stakes a claim for the job full-time. We definitely have two winnable games at home coming up. He certainly couldn't go without a defensive midfielder at Old Trafford, though!

Top managers need to be bold, flexible and lucky - one down, two to go.

By Nik Wardle, FanZone's Tottenham blogger. Don't forget to follow @FanZone!

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