Our Team to face Hull City – what’s yours?

by Matthew Harris on January 31, 2014

There’s no official team news from the club as yet but after Tim Sherwood’s comments in midweek, we expect Paulinho, Sandro, Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul to be pushing for a starting place.

“The four lads are back in training but we have to be cautious of not rushing them back,” Sherwood said before the City game. “We have to make sure they are ready.”

We have to assume that Danny Rose is ruled out so there is a slot for Jan in his unflavoured left back position while the Brazilian pair of Sandro and Paulinho will be putting pressure on Dembele and Bentaleb in the centre of the park.

Then, of course, there’s the question of formation. Does Sherwood revert to 4-4-2 or stick with five in midfield to accommodate one or two returning players?

Plenty of options this weekend – here are our thoughts but what’s your view?

310114101009 Our Team to face Hull City – what’s yours?

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Josh January 31, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Jan was absolutely horrid in the LB position this season, getting torn apart even by nobodies like Dejagah. Him up against Elmohamady is asking for trouble, he can’t deal with such players.

If Rose isn’t available then Naughton or Fryers will play there.


MarkyB January 31, 2014 at 12:11 pm

I have a feeling Tim will go with 2 up front with Soldado back to partner Ade , he has been rested for two games now.


Spurs boy January 31, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Why would you play Sandro in front of Paulinho!? Can’t think of one good reason


h20poloman January 31, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Fully agree. I know Sherwood doesn’t believe in dedicated holding midfielders, but Sandro should be the guy to hold back and let Paulinho and Bentaleb get forward at every opportunity. Although Vertonghen doesn’t like the left back position, it’s no contest between him and Naughton.


KAYBEE January 31, 2014 at 12:19 pm

We have a left back replacement in Fryers so play him. Verts , if fit , should replace the juggernaut captain as , surely, after being run ragged again, he must be dropped. And if Kaboom is fit, get him back in either at right back or in place of Chiriches. Over recent weeks the defence has been awful. Don’t forget, Palace could have buried us in 45 mins recently. How can Paulinho line up behind Sandro as the holding player ??? This is a must not lose game , Id go for Paulinho and Capoue in front of Sandro and leave Bentaleb out.


david January 31, 2014 at 12:20 pm

thats just sooooo wrong . Jan will never play left ,

walker daws jan nauhton
lennon bentaleb pauli erikssen
soldado ade

this is not my team just Tims


Keith January 31, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Giving Hugo a day off as well?


akshayaalase January 31, 2014 at 12:42 pm



John14 January 31, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Tbh I’d play 442 against hull and go all attack.






ALP January 31, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Never ever play Dawson again! Hopeless plank of 2X4.


I'llalwayslovelewis February 1, 2014 at 12:20 am


Walker Chiriches Vertonghen Rose

Lamela Eriksen Townsend



allardyce February 1, 2014 at 9:13 pm

The season is looking pretty bad now. This draw was another low. With the rise of Everton and the eventual comeback of United, I fear we may have missed our window of opportunity.

There was never going to be another year with as much promise as this one. I can’t believe how badly our club has underperformed. Last year and the year before you can chalk it up to bad luck. Not so this year. We have a room full of total strangers in the locker room who think they are better than they really are, and can’t even get up for derby games.


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