Sherwood must attack to keep job

Sunday 16th March 2014 21:24

Tim Sherwood: Faces a battle to keep Tottenham job

Tim Sherwood: Faces a battle to keep Tottenham job

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Tottenham FanZoner Nik Wardle says Tim Sherwood must encourage free-flowing, attacking football if he is to retain his job at White Hart Lane.

It's been a bad week or so for Spurs. In all probability we are out of the race for a Champions League place and are unlikely to progress in the Europa League.

With this in mind, it will be interesting to see how this affects Tim Sherwood's future team selections.

In his first few games, Sherwood selected a 4-4-2 formation; this was seen as bold. As the weeks have gone on, however, he has generally preferred a 4-3-3, or 4-5-1, depending how you see it. The results have been more mixed, but the fixtures have been tougher.

Now that most of the season has passed, a fairer analysis of this season's signings can be made - and none of them could be seen as a roaring success.

Christian Eriksen and Paulinho have had some good games, but have lacked consistency. Vlad Chiricheș looks useful, especially if the opposition plays one up front, as he can bring the ball out. Erik Lamela and Etienne Capoue have been beset with injuries. Nacer Chadli hasn't established himself yet and Roberto Soldado has certainly scored a lot less than hoped.

Eriksen aside, it doesn't look like Sherwood favours any of the other new signings. But now could be the perfect time to give those that are fit a run in the side.

He could certainly revert to a 4-4-2 and play Soldado with Emmanuel Adebayor. Also, Paulinho could partner Sandro to give us an all-Brazilian central midfield, with Eriksen playing from the left.

Alternatively, he could give youth more of a chance. He obviously favours Nabil Bentaleb, and he played Harry Kane ahead of Soldado against Benfica.

Much probably depends with how much certainty Sherwood sees his position as the boss. If he feels secure, he may be a bit freer with his team selection, but if he feels every single point could make a difference, he'll probably stick with the 4-3-3 formation.

I'd rather Sherwood went for it, as to dare is to do. And in all probability his only chance of being Spurs' boss in August is by winning many of our remaining games in glory, and doing things in style.

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