Our old friends over at the Daily Mail lead with a story today stating that Tim Sherwood will build his new Tottenham around a core of British talent. Former incumbent Andre Villas-Boas received plenty of criticism in the summer as Steven Caulker, Tom Huddlestone and Scott Parker left the club while seven overseas replacements came in but the paper expects the new boss to reverse that trend.
The story claims that,
‘Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has told sporting director Franco Baldini he wants a British core to his squad.
The Spurs boss wants to put his stamp on the squad by introducing more homegrown talent to his ranks.’
But who exactly do the Mail think will cross over and form the Nucleus of Tim’s new Tottenham?
Luke Shaw is the first name to spring to mind and it’s an obvious link: Spurs have had issues at left back for the second campaign in a row and Shaw is the best young left sided defender in the country.
Other suggestions are a little more left field: Aaron Creswell is another left back who has impressed for Ipswich this season while Burnley striker Danny Ings is driving his side’s promotion challenge.
Ings is an interesting shout – at 21 he has 22 goals in 71 games for Burnley and while that shows promise, compare the record with Blackburn’s Scottish international Jordan Rhodes (pictured) who averages considerably more than a goal every other game throughout his career.
If no Premiership club was willing to take a chance on Rhodes when he left Huddersfield in 2012, would anyone really risk a punt on Danny Ings?
It’s an interesting and worthy suggestion from the Mail but does Britain have talent enough to back it up?