Axed (and definitely not bitter about it) Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has doubted his former employer’s chances of gaining membership to the top four club this season.
A shortage in the goal-getting department is what he outlines as the main flaw in Spurs’ manifesto, telling Talksport:
“Tottenham are one striker short of challenging for a top four spot. It doesn’t get any easier to break into the top four.”
As a seasoned Premier League campaigner as both a player and manager, news.bwin.com/en/ are not inclined to argue with Sherwood’s expert opinion here; landing a top-four finish is not easy, no siree.
After all, he couldn’t do it.
But as far as we’re concerned, he’s off the mark in stating Spurs’ under-populated striking department will be their downfall this season.
Here’s why the side rated 5/2 to finish fourth or better can get by with Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane alone.
Mauricio Pochettino’s tried and tested blueprint has room for just one line-leader.
A fourth addition to the band would force three strikers to be omitted from the starting lineup at all times.
Increasing the triumvirate by one would be something of a false economy if one of the incumbents weren’t ousted.
Interchangeable advanced midfielders are tasked to contribute to the net-rustling and Spurs have practitioners capable of decent hauls.
Erik Lamela has showcased his obvious talent intermittently during the previous 12 months, but being deployed in a position similar to the one he was at Roma (where he notched 15 over his final Giallorossi campaign) will pay dividends this term.
Nacer Chadli has got previous when it comes to recording bumper tallies playing behind a solo-striker too, firing 18 in all competitions in 2012/13 at FC Twente.
Should the pair rediscover their goalscoring mojo and Danish locksmith Christian Eriksen builds upon his impressive maiden season in the Premier League, Tottenham will bag more than enough without adding a further forward.
Pochettino was able to get by at Southampton with just one striker for the majority of the season in Rickie Lambert.
The Liverpool frontman bore the brunt of the workload in light of Dani Osvaldo’s misdemeanours, yet the Saints were still able to pocket an eighth-place finish.
With three times as many in his White Hart Lane artillery, the Argentine tactician is well equipped to ensure the Lilywhites savour similar overachievement this season.