Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood believes that Tom Carroll could have mirrored the displays of former White Hart Lane idol Luka Modric had he been available to them this season.
Carroll emerged from Spurs’ academy in 2011, and has been tipped as a player with a bright future in north London for some time.
Tottenham have been a far cry from the team they were last season, with Sherwood’s men struggling towards Europa League qualification instead of challenging for a top four finish as they did under Andre Villas-Boas.
The Lilywhites chief says that he has missed having Carroll at the club this term, and that had he been able to recall him in January he could have produced the sort of displays Modric did during his time at the club:
“Sometimes you want to bring someone on to make a difference, a different type, and I just think the blend’s not fantastic. But that takes time to work with and it’s also in the recruitment process of the club.” He told the Tottenham Journal.
“But we miss that player – I’m not saying [Mousa] Dembele can’t do it because he can pick it up and he can dribble – but we miss someone who moves that ball and passes it between the lines very quickly, and he assists the assister.
“Gareth Bale needed that ball very quickly and I think Luka Modric got it to him very quickly. I think Tom Carroll was that player – he can do that, absolutely. I tried to bring Tom back [in January], it just wasn’t possible.”