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The Impossible Job: Why Sherwood IS The Right Man To Lead Spurs Forward

Tottenham Hotspur will only have themselves to blame should they fail to qualify for the Champions League next season. Sources from Sky Sports have stated that their manager Tim Sherwood has until the end of the campaign before his brief tenure at White Hart Lane is brought to an end.

It is a disgrace that the future of Sherwood is being made public at such a critical stage of the season. Sherwood’s record to date is nothing to be ashamed of and they still harbour top four ambitions following a brilliant performance in Monday’s 5-1 hammering of Sunderland.

Spurs have fallen short against the cream of the crop this season, which could ultimately be their downfall come what May. However it is impossible to point the finger solely at Sherwood. He is managing an unbalanced team that was assembled by previous Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas. Summer signings are still settling in, but there is no doubt that the squad at White Hart Lane does have underlying quality in abundance.

Under Sherwood, Spurs have compiled a superb record of results against the sides below them in the Premier League table. Their remaining five games all come under this category so it would not be a surprise to me if they managed to sneak into the final qualifying place for the Champions League.

In time, Sherwood will add belief and the will to win that they have lacked against the leading teams this season. Maybe then we will see a side that could spring a surprise title challenge. Just remember what has happened to Liverpool this season.

Manchester United Presented With Perfect Time To Blood Youngsters

As the season approaches what Sir Alex Ferguson referred to as ‘squeaky bum’ time, it still makes shock reading when you see Manchester United slumped in 7TH place and on the cusp of missing out on a place in next season’s Champions League.

It has been a dramatic fall from grace for the defending champions with their season only being lit up by the meteoric rise of starlet Adnan Januzaj.

It is no secret that some of United’s key players from seasons gone by are approaching their final campaigns at the club. Given United’s current predicament it would make sense for Moyes to give opportunities to other youngsters so that they can gain valuable Premier League experience.

18-year-old striker James Wilson was on the bench for the first time in the Red Devils resounding 0-4 win at St James Park. According to the Daily Mail, the youngster scored a stunning 25-yard goal for the club’s under-21s yesterday against Aston Villa. Why not give him some game time as we approach the home straight?

I am not suggesting that Manchester United should give up on their quest to catch Arsenal in fourth place. However their best hope in making next season’s draw still remains their existence in this season’s competition, but as we know that it is going to be far from easy in Munich tomorrow night.

Too many players have underperformed at Old Trafford this campaign and quite frankly are not of the required standard to represent the red half of Manchester. Ashley Young, Tom Cleverley and Marouane Fellaini are just three names that instantly spring to mind.

This is a new era at Old Trafford. Now would be the perfect time to blood the youngsters.

Arsenal Need To Make A Move For Lukaku – Here’s Why

Sunday’s game at Goodison Park once again underlined Romelu Lukaku’s status as one of the most sought after strikers in the Premier League. It seems absurd that Jose Mourinho does not want to hold on to a player who could be the missing piece in the goal-shy puzzle that is threatening to come apart at Stamford Bridge. London rivals Arsenal are rumoured to be interested in the 20-year-old and I believe he would be the perfect fit for Arsene Wenger’s men.

Ironically it was Lukaku who tormented the Gunners on Sunday afternoon and his direct and powerful style was what Arsenal were crying out for. The away side were tentative and unambitious in their approach against an Everton team who will fancy their chances of finishing in the final qualification spot for the UEFA Champions League.

The absence of Theo Walcott has highlighted the lack of players that Arsenal have who will take a risk and get in behind defences. Arsenal on their day are sublime to watch, but they have missed a striker to both support and lighten the burden on Olivier Giroud. Lukaku provides pace, power and is a prolific finisher, having scored 12 goals in 24 Premier League appearances this campaign.

Lukaku can provide Arsenal with a variety of options which Wenger’s men have lacked for so long. Without a doubt they have been unlucky with injuries, but it is impossible to ignore the lack of quality Arsenal possess in the forward department. Wenger must show immediate interest should the Belgian international become available.

Manchester United MUST Get Rid Of Nani – Here’s Why

Many of us expected big things from Nani when he signed for Manchester United in 2007 at a cost of £25million, but he has failed to live up to expectations. Their manager David Moyes continues to overlook the Portuguese international and I believe it is time for  the Red Devils to cut their losses and let the 27-year-old leave in the summer.

The coaching staff at Old Trafford had dreams when Nani first signed for the club that he could develop into a player close to the stature of the untouchable Cristiano Ronaldo.

I do not see Nani occupying a place in Moyes’s starting eleven anytime soon so it is best for the player and the club that he seeks a new adventure come the summer.

United are now starting to settle on a consistent midfield which has yielded positive performances and results in the last few weeks. Antonio Valencia is steady on the right-wing whilst exciting youngster Adnan Januzai is able to provide more than enough spectacular moments for the neutral fan.

The former Everton boss continues to overlook Nani in favour of these two players, but also has been giving plenty of playing time to Ashley Young who lacks the quality we so often have associated with the most successful Premier League team of all time.

This in itself is a worrying sign for Nani. He must seek his future elsewhere if he wants to resurrect his career.