Following Tottenham’s recent string of bad performances, questions have arisen surrounding Tim Sherwood’s future at the club.
Since taking over for the sacked Andre Villas-Boas in December, Sherwood has won just nine of his 17 matches in charge. His Tottenham side have managed to score less and concede more goals on average than his predecessor Villas-Boas.
Sherwood’s side have scored 26 goals in 17 matches, an average of 1.53 goals per game, down from the 1.69 of Villas-Boas’ side.
Tottenham have also conceded 22 goals under Sherwood, averaging half a goal more per game than Villas Boas reign. These statistics were taken before last night’s loss to Benfica, and have surely gone down in result.
Albeit Villas-Boas had a much longer stint than Sherwood, however early results don’t bode well for the Englishman. High profile maulings at the hands of Chelsea, and now Benfica have deflated Tottenham further, while certain big name signings have so far failed to impress.
Who is to blame for the slump in form? Sherwood himself admitted that his future was in the hands of the Tottenham hierarchy following Spurs’ 1-0 loss to West Ham, however recently has seemingly pointed the blame at his players.
After his side fell 4-0 away to Chelsea, an angry Sherwood told reporters that some of his players were now fighting for their lives at Tottenham. A look at the stats may suggest that Sherwood has a point.
Tottenham have invested over 100 million pounds in summer recruits, the most expensive being Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado, who cost in excess of 26 million pounds each.
Soldado has managed eight league goals, 11 in all competitions while Lamela has scored just one and managed only nine appearances. While Christian Eriksen has shown glimpses of brilliance, Etienne Capoue and Mousa Dembele have both failed to impress on a consistent basis.
Veteran squad member Emanuel Adebayor has been resurgent under Sherwood, after being frozen out by Villas-Boas. The man from Togo has struck 11 goals despite making only 17 appearances, in comparison to Soldado’s 26.
Tottenham board member sir Keith Mills has recently demonstrated his support for Sherwood however, claiming the Englishman is doing a ‘great job’. Spurs will be hoping to put their recent woes to the side, when they face bitter rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Sunday.