Tim Sherwood, fresh from being handed an 18-month contract to continue managing Tottenham, takes on West Bromwich Albion in his first Premier League game in-charge at home. The former Spurs player hailed his long-term appointment and reiterated his commitment for the club. He has considerable knowledge of the club at all levels and would be hoping to improve his team’s position in the League standings by continuing where they left off against Southampton.
Sherwood had a dream debut, as his team overcame the Saints in a pulsating encounter that will be remembered for Emmanuel Adebayor’s spectacular comeback from the cold. With Daniel Levy putting his trust in the man with no prior coaching experience, it will be interesting to see how the move pans out. The League is quite relentless over its 38-game schedule and each and every match holds significance when observed as a totality.
Spurs had ambitions to win the League initially, but with the Andre Villas Boas situation blowing out, the team might now be more focused on sealing a top-four spot and then look ahead at other possibilities. With Adebayor poised to make his third start in as many games, it could be another opportunity for him to score goals against manager-less West Brom who are attempting to stay away from the relegation zone. A promising start to the season that saw the Baggies defeat Manchester United and take points off Arsenal and Chelsea, is now spiraling downwards as the team attempts to win for the first time in eight games.
Spurs fans have reasons to be optimistic with the squad they possess but should not get too ahead of themselves as they are managed by a greenhorn who is yet to get acclimatized to the pressures of the top-flight.