Tim`s vision taking shape?
As we have witnessed an altering of team shape in the last two games, are we now beginning to see the first signs of Tim Sherwood`s vision for Spurs?
Key players returning to fitness, as perhaps allowed him to play a team more akin to his own ideas, plus with so little time to get his points across over the Christmas schedule, was it also a case of making do with what he had at his disposal and looking at playing a system to fit the system as opposed to having a system and looking to fit players into that?
I also wonder if we have seen a wake up for Etienne Capoue, who seems to be back in favour and has added to the teams stability as a defensive midfielder, in a three, that has allowed the likes pot Paulinho and Bentaleb to express themselves more. Was it a case of a player angling for a move or frustrated at injury and lack of opportunity, forcing Sherwood not to pick him, and only the players new found resolve allowing the manager to select him?
If that is the case, as with the instant reintegration of Emmanuel Adebayor, are we seeing a manager wise beyond his experience and one that is doing great things behind the scenes, as well as getting results on the pitch?
Now I am perhaps playing to my own agenda, in bigging up Tim, as I was vocal in wanting him to get the job after AVB was sacked, though equally that was as much about not really seeing anyone better as opposed to my thinking that Sherwood was going to be the next Sir Bill, but is he now making people change their mind about his supposed tactical naivety and inability to work with top players?
It is interesting how many of our established players are talking up Sherwood`s management, but is it now becoming evident that he is looking to shape the team more towards his own ideas, than simply being a 4-4-2 man that many accused him of. I think it is still evident that he doesn`t quite have the balance and we are lacking depth in others, however is it now about getting there players to work towards his system and that is something they are accepting and also enjoying?
Sure we are out of both domestic cups, but does seven wins and only one defeat (to City) in his Ten Prem games indicate he has the quality and ability to learn quickly to become a very good and long term Tottenham manager? All too often people take a managers/coaches comments as gospel, when the reality might well be something totally different. Perhaps in many fans and media`s desire to see a bigger name on the managers door, there is a wanting to make too much or twisting the words coming from their mouths, when the reality may well be totally different.
Perhaps we will get a better idea of our development and Sherwood`s thinking when we face the teams above us next month and he also has to juggle things to cope with the Thursday/Sunday of the Europa and Premier league. That will be a major test and perhaps be his defining month. Do well and suddenly he is in the box seat, fail miserably and the calls for a Dutchman or another exotic and bigger reputationed name will be back in the headlines. I for one and watching and enjoying seeing my team play better and doing quite well. I am also enjoying see a man who seems to want the job for the right reasons, perhaps start to change peoples minds about him...