Who knows how long Tim Sherwood will be in charge of Tottenham? Probably not even Daniel Levy, given that the next permanent Spurs boss will be the eighth during his 12-year tenure as Spurs Chairman.
But Sherwood has the gig for now and, one would expect, a run of Premier League fixtures, with Spurs due to face Southampton, West Brom and Stoke over the festive season.
It’s a set of matches he’ll be expecting to win if he’s to underline his own credentials for the job, but what exactly can he do to get Spurs playing well again?
1. Drop Dawson
There have been much better defenders than Dawson consigned to the bench this season. While he may be club captain, he’s been found wanting throughout this season and has been frankly awful in several matches. He may not be used to playing the high line that AVB favoured, but that’s no excuse. His best days are behind him and Spurs must settle on a Chiriches-Vertonghen central defence.
2. Sign a left-back
This has long been a problem area for Spurs and, should Sherwood take Spurs into the transfer window, he’d be wise to discuss the need to sign a quality left-back with Levy and Sporting Director Franco Baldini. Jan Vertonghen is wasted there and, since letting Benoit Assou-Ekotto leave on loan for QPR, Danny Rose and Kyle Naughton have been unconvincing in the position. It might be a good time to spend some cash on Southampton's Luke Shaw...
3. Get Erik Lamela playing well
This is easier said than done. Lamela is a delicate player, whose qualities will need time to shine through. But almost six months on from signing in a record deal from Roma, Lamela has been a shadow of the player that illuminated the Stadio Olimpico. Sherwood must find a place in the team for Lamela and persevere with him – he will be worth the wait.
4. Build the team around Christian Eriksen
Tottenham fans often complain that they never replaced Luka Modric, yet they have one of the world’s best playmakers in Christian Eriksen. The little Dane is the most naturally gifted player at Tottenham and, while Holtby and Sigurdsson can offer the team a lot, there is no one quite like Eriksen at Spurs. Now he’s back from injury, Sherwood must make him the centrepiece of his team.
5. Get the home form right
One of the biggest complaints about AVB was that he never got Spurs playing well at home – and then blamed the fans for creating a bad atmosphere! AVB’s Spurs looked tentative and nervous at home, and Sherwood must rediscover the electrifying home form that made White Hart Lane such a fortress under Harry Redknapp. Three of Tottenham’s next four games are at home and it’s a great opportunity for him to bring the feel good factor back to the Lane.
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