The usual “big spenders” in the Barclays Premier League are being connected with every big transfer target and rumor mills are going haywire. But it will be safe to say that there will not be much activity at White Hart Lane in this window. While most of us expected Daniel Levy to bring in an established manager to the Spurs dugout, he instead chose to hand Tim Sherwood an 18 month contract.
Although this has been seen as a controversial move, people are forgetting Sherwood was nurtured under Harry Redknapp, and seen as the eventual successor to the spurs managerial helm. He has since proved all his doubters wrong by taking a total of 10 points from a possible 12 in his first 4 league games in charge, including a stunning 1-2 away win at Old Trafford. Adebayor and Eriksen got on the score sheet for spurs and they managed to hold on to the lead after Danny Welbeck pulled a goal back for the Red Devils. This makes Emmanuel Adebayor only the third player to have scored on three consecutive appearances at the theatre of dreams. This may be the perfect start to the reign of Tim Sherwood but there are problems he needs to address quickly if he wants to orchestrate a turnaround this season.
The biggest thorn in the Spurs side this season has been the lack of goals scored. If one were to look at the stats alone, they have a scored a total of 24 goals this season and in comparison with the other teams in the top 10, they have done better than only Hull City, who have scored 22. Roberto Soldado has scored 5 goals this season but 4 of them have come from penalties. Although Adebayor’s recent return to the team and scoring form is certainly a positive, Tottenham’s lack of goal scoring forwards is evident. After splurging almost 100 million in the summer, Daniel Levy will be reluctant to allow Sherwood the same financial freedom that Andre Vilas Boas enjoyed.
Although things are expected to be quiet this transfer window at White Hart Lane, Spurs have been linked with Basel winger Mohamed Salah and Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato. Salah, who made headlines recently when he scored against Chelsea in the Champions League is definitely a good player, but he may not be the answer to Tottenham’s problems. It remains to be seen whether Sherwood can get the backing of Levy and make a formal approach for Pato. If he looks at recent form as an encouragement, Levy could well be tempted to break the bank one more time and get a good goalscoring striker to White Hart Lane, and Tottenham could well be on their way to being a force to be reckoned with in the second half of the season.