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.

The 21-year-old has spent the current campaign on loan with Championship side QPR, where he has been impressive.

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.”


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    Mark Langton
    1 year ago

    Although I agree I also think that sending him to Redknapp for a season has done him more good than staying at Tottenham.

  • Dave Collins
    1 year ago

    When I first saw Tom Carroll play for Tottenham’s first team I thought he was a player with immense talent and ability and was somewhat surprised when he was not given enough playtime on a regular basis but sent out on loan, he has a good football brain and a good eye for a pass which uses very quickly he has been likened to Luka Modric and I think he could become as good if not better so we should give him the chance post haste