It’s been a crowded midfield at White Hart Lane for a number of years now and with so many players battling for five starting slots at most, it is starting to seem likely that someone will be allowed to leave the club at the end of the month.
However, none of us would have imagined that Nabil Bentaleb would emerge to become virtually un-droppable in the run in to the end of the campaign but that leaves a real selection issue for Tim Sherwood when Sandro and Paulinho return to full fitness.
Meanwhile, Christian Eriksen’s displays in recent games surely make him an automatic choice while Sherwood has plenty of options on the right flank where Aaron Lennon is the current incumbent. Andros Townsend and Erik Lamela can both push Lennon when they regain full fitness.
So the question is in the centre of the park and what happens when the two Brazilians become available again? Sandro has been back to his immense best and could comfortably take Bentaleb’s position while Paulinho has added a goal scoring threat behind the striker this season.
We don’t know how highly the coach rates Sandro in particular but one solution is to switch Bentaleb, who is naturally left footed, over to Dembele’s position. From there, Sandro, Paulinho, Lennon and Eriksen could complete a five man midfield.
One thing that does seem clear is that Tim Sherwood is reluctant to rotate to AVB’s extent but when his midfield is fit, which way will he go?