Search

Sherwood’s willing to let Spurs players leave

15:26 17 January 2014

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood

EMPICS Sport

Tim Sherwood admits he is prepared to let players leave Tottenham this month, and he has no plans to bring in new recruits as he attempts to streamline his squad.

Etienne CapoueEtienne Capoue

Lewis Holtby is thought to be eyeing a move back to Schalke after finding himself out of favour under the new head coach, while Etienne Capoue is rumoured to be a target for Napoli.

The noises coming out of Nacer Chadli’s camp suggest that the Belgian is also concerned about his lack of first-team opportunities as he looks ahead to the summer’s World Cup – and Sherwood concedes there may be departures during this transfer window.

“Am I prepared to see people go? Yes absolutely,” he said. “As long as they’re the right players and the ones that I don’t want to take us forward, then I’m happy.

“You can only go with a certain amount of players. Obviously the pressure’s on because it’s a World Cup year for a lot of these players - it’s important that they’re playing.

“We can’t guarantee that they’re going to get maximum game time, but we certainly won’t be leaving ourselves short. If no-one left I wouldn’t be shedding any tears over that either.

“My priority is to keep us as strong and competitive as possible, and I wouldn’t be making any decisions based on any national team.”

Sherwood is not aware of any imminent deals, but he concedes he has held discussions with technical director Franco Baldini regarding the players he can do without.

“There’s no movement as far as I’m concerned,” said the head coach. “I think Franco might be working in the background regarding a lot of transfers.

“I’ve heard nothing concrete regarding Etienne Capoue or any other players. The only one is Ryan Fredericks, who has gone on loan to Millwall this morning.

“I’ve had discussions [with Baldini], yes, but it’s sometimes a case of supply and demand – and there are guys that I’m still getting used to and getting to know.

“I’ve got a certain amount of trust in other players before some others, but the longer I’m with them on the training field the more I’m getting to know them and the more I’m getting attached to some of the new players as well.”

Sherwood added: “[Capoue] is a new player and he’s obviously one that I’ve read a lot of speculation about. All I can say with regards to Etienne Capoue is that he’s never caused me a minute’s problem here. We have a good relationship.

“He realises that I’ve used Nabil Bentaleb in front of him – not only him but Lewis Holtby and a few other players in the midfield area - because I knew the young boy and I trusted him.

“Etienne has played, he played at Old Trafford, and he’s been asked to play in reserve games to keep up his fitness, along with other players, and they’ve done that and have never caused me a minute’s problem.

“It’s not been an issue between us. The fact is I’m still getting to know some of these new players and I know the other ones better.”

While it is likely that players will exit White Hart Lane before the end of the month, Sherwood is not expecting any arrivals.

“Not at the moment, no,” he said. “It looks to me like we have had four or five new signings [this week] because it’s the first time I’ve seen four or five of them on the training field.

“Not a lot of clubs have spent the money we spent over the summer, so it’s very difficult to find quality in January which is going to strengthen you.

“But if we had an epidemic between now and the end of the window we could look. We are generally looking but we are not actively trying to sign anyone.”

Follow me on Twitter @BenPearceSpurs

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Middlesex hat-trick hero Toby Roland-Jones says the squad were always confident in their ability to become county champions this year.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Mauricio Pochettino says it is important that Tottenham’s players are “desperate” to stay at the club and do not need to be convinced to remain at White Hart Lane.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Middlesex dethroned Yorkshire in a thrilling finish at Lord’s to win their first County Championship title since 1993.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Mauricio Pochettino will today assess the fitness of Danny Rose, Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Middlesbrough – but he admits it might be “a risk” to select his midfield duo at the Riverside Stadium.

Friday, September 23, 2016

In the latest of a series of features casting the spotlight on local football fans, Martin Stephens reveals his favourite player, his most memorable match and the worst moment he has experienced following Wingate & Finchley.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Christian Eriksen says the recent spate of contract renewals at Tottenham shows the players are keen to keep the current squad together for the long term, because they all feel there is “something special to build on” at White Hart Lane.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tim Bresnan’s unbeaten century kept Yorkshire on course for a hat-trick of County Championship titles – and all but ended Middlesex’s hopes of snatching their crown.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

As the dual meaning of the club’s name would suggest, Soccerscool FC is based around twin objectives – developing football skills and having fun.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Interested in purchasing a flat and want to know the rules, rights and regulations as a leaseholder? Or maybe you are already a leaseholder and want to find out more about extending your lease?

Scores of people visited the opening of Composite Door Master’s first public showroom in Hayes at the weekend, where they were treated to a spectacular show by award winning magician, Marc Oberon.

You’ve got cash, you’ve got style and you’ve got a bursting social calendar, but no time. These Crouch End studio suites to rent could be your dream come true.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now