While we argued earlier on that there were positives to take from Thursday night’s game against Benfica, the performance of Roberto Soldado wasn’t one of them. The whole team was subdued so the Spaniard can’t be solely blamed but his display was in contrast to the energy shown by Harry Kane when he came on as Roberto’s replacement.
It would therefore be encouraging to hear the welcome news that Emmanuel Adebayor expects to be fit for Sunday’s game against Southampton. The Togolese striker missed the Benfica tie with a sore hamstring but reports claim that the period of rest has left him in good shape for the visit of the Saints.
At times we’ve argued against Sherwood playing a 4-5-1 / 4-1-4-1 or whatever you want to call it but following Thursday’s match, it would be no great surprise if he sticks with a lone striker for Sunday. Alternatively, it may well be worth a look at the potential offered by an Adebayor – Kane partnership up front.