Spurs swagger back with Sherwood

Tuesday 31st December 2013 10:40

Tim Sherwood: Has little time to make an impact

Tim Sherwood: Has little time to make an impact

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Tottenham FanZoner Nik Wardle is enjoying the attacking approach of Tim Sherwood, but accepts a cuter approach is required against Man United.

Tim Sherwood's first three games have yielded seven points and seven goals. His attacking philosophy and desire for players to 'go out and play' are reminiscent of a certain manager who was in charge at White Hart Lane not that long ago.

Points wise, it has been a good start under Sherwood, but we certainly played Southampton and Stoke at the right time, so should have expected maximum points from those games. The West Brom game was disappointing, but you would expect a blip or two while Sherwood tries to get his message across.

Many of the home games under Andre Villas-Boas were downright boring - Hull at home in the league this season being a classic example. So, Sherwood's attack minded 4-4-2 is welcomed at home games. He will need to be a bit cuter away from home, though, starting at Old Trafford on Wednesday. That's not to say he should adopt an ultra-defensive approach, but I think we will need at least one defensive midfielder in the side.

We have rather a lot of attacking midfielders at the club and so Sherwood will have a big job on keeping them all happy. He also has to decide where players like Christian Eriksen can fit into a 4-4-2. Playing him centrally would leave us open to be overrun, so Sherwood could do what Harry Redknapp did with Luka Modric initially - play him from the left and encourage him to cut in.

Whereas it would be unfair to say that Sherwood is a kind of second coming of Redknapp, there are many similarities between their philosophies. In the main it was a lot of fun under Redknapp, certainly more so than under AVB.

Tough tests lie ahead for Sherwood and I think he'll at least need to look as if he's moving Spurs in the right direction if he is to be in charge next season. Contracts mean little these days and as many big name managers will be available after the World Cup, Sherwood is short on time to lay down his philosophy and to get results.

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

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