Roberto Soldado has been under immense pressure over the last few weeks after failing to score in the last nine games. He was signed from Valencia for £ 26 million, but his return in terms of goalscoring has been very disappointing. It is only after the inclusion of Emmanuel Adebayor that the team has started scoring goals. Tim Sherwood has also found it difficult to drop Soldado due to the amount of work he does on the pitch. Further, his reputation as a £ 26 million striker makes it difficult to bench him as well. Soldado showed signs of returning to form after scoring in the 1-0 win over Cardiff last weekend.
This was the second consecutive win for the team and it was essential in the league outlook especially considering that they had lost to Norwich City in the previous match. Another defeat would have taken the possibility of a top four finish out of their hands. As it is, Tottenham remain only a couple of points behind Manchester City, who occupy the final top four place. After seeing his expenses striker score against Cardiff, Sherwood reacted by saying that Soldado must now go on a run of form that may see him score more than 20 goals before the end of the season.
“I was delighted for Robbie, he’s a great character around the place. The boys love him and want him to do well. If I could have picked anyone to score that goal it would have been him. I have stuck by him, I believe he will come good and I maintain that. We’re just hoping this is a platform for him to go on and score 20 goals between now and the end of the season,” said Sherwood, whose team travel to Stamford Bridge next weekend to face Chelsea.
Tim Sherwood’s appointment role as the head coach of Tottenham appears to be a good one for the club as they claimed another victory in the Premier League, this time against Crystal Palace with a comfortable 2-0 triumph.
The new coach of Tottenham faces tough weeks ahead of him as the transfer window is opened and with their biggest rivals being active, signing new players it’s a great chance for Sherwood to boost the squad and keep them fighting at the top spots of the Premier League.
Tottenham’s Lewish Holtby has hinted out a possible return to the Bundesliga as he does not fit in the plans of Tim Sherwood and the former player of Schalke could be seeing his way back to the club where he played in some time ago.
Etienne Capoue is a target of Napoli as the Italian club wants to sign him on a loan deal and the transfer has a big chance on happening considering the fact that Sherwood prefers using Nabil Bentaleb instead of Capoue.
The right-back of Tottenham, Kyle Walker is another player that might be seeing his way out of the Premier League as he has attracted the eyes of Paris Saint-Germain and even though his contract expires in 2019, if the price is right they will be willing to release him from the club on a buyout clause.
If Aston Villa offer €3 million for the full-back Kyle Naughton of Tottenham, Tim Sherwood will allow the defender on making a switch to Villa. Kyle Walker picked up an injury during Tottenham’s match against Crystal Palace and Naughton replaced him who made a fairly impressive performance at the back of the squad, in the defensive area of the team.
Sandro, the Tottenham midfield player, is quite confident that they could go to Manchester City take all 3 points this weekend. This season, Manchester City has a good record at home and they have won all their Premier League games this season at Etihad Stadium till now.
Sandro knows that Tottenham confront a tough challenge at Manchester City, but he thinks that they could get the better of Manuel Pellegrini’s team.
Sandro said that official website of the club that the match against City would be tough, like every other match. The team has to go and play with confidence from the start. They have to do everything on the field because it is tough to win there, but they have to do it.
Sandro added that they have to push from the beginning; they have to battle every ball, to dominate City. A victory at Etihad Stadium would be really great for the team. The team would just have to go on the pitch and try to win the match.
In the mean time, Sandro is enjoying the scope to pit his wits against Manchester City Fernandinho the’s Brazilian midfield player. Sandro is a huge admirer of the Brazilian having played along with him on the international circuit and knows that he would pose a huge danger to Tottenham. He added that Fernandinho is his buddy and he has played with him two times on the international circuit.
Tottenham managed to get into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup in style by beating Aston Villa 4-0 in the third round of the competition. Tottenham were going into the match with one eye on the weekend’s match against Chelsea. This was a much bigger match for Andre Villas-Boas and his men, but due to the incredible squad strength, they were able to secure a victory over Villa. Despite resting a number of players for this match, Villas-Boas was able to field internationals like Jermain Defoe on the field. Brazilian international Paulinho was also used as well.
Defoe has found game time limited in the season and he has so far participated only in the cup competitions. However, he did his best to stake a claim in the first-team by scoring two goals against a Villa team that had won during the weekend against Norwich. After the match, Villas-Boas praised his team by saying that they showed incredible quality to get past a very good Villa team. Now they will be waiting for the draw of the fourth round. Tottenham won this competition a few years ago, and they will be hoping to lift it this time around with Villas-Boas.
Villas-Boas recalled that he started with three players who played against Cardiff during the weekend.
“It was a great performance and a great response from the team. We came here with three players who played that game (against Cardiff on Sunday), so it was a risk, but we have great strength in depth. We have great team spirit this year and all the players are buzzing for opportunities like this so I think most of them really, really performed out there. We have that strength in depth to be playing after just two days, so we use it,” said Villas-Boas.