Bulgarian and former Manchester United player Dimitar Berbatov has signed for Ligue 1 club Monaco on loan till the end of the season as he was involved in a transfer day deadline move from current club Fulham, which is in the thick of a relegation battle after suffering yet another loss in the Premier League.
Tim Sherwood‘s North London club Tottenham Hotspur was expected to be the destination for the striker who has been having an indifferent season at Craven Cottage after scoring 15 goals last season. While Fulham shipped in an exciting talent in Kostas Mitroglou from Superleague Greece team Olympiacos to replace Berbatov, the Spurs have not brought in any player before the deadline expired to replace outgoing Jermaine Defoe while they did send German youngster Lewis Holtby out on loan.
Daniel Levy cut a figure of helplessness during his club’s last match when Danny Rose‘s red card turned the game on its head and Manchester City ran away with the contest. Tottenham has conceded five goals at home for the second time this season and would face a tough fight for the final Champions League spot down the stretch. United has suddenly come into the fray as Everton too provides a stiff challenge for the Spurs in what is becoming a four-team battle with Liverpool leading the pack.
Spurs started the season in high hopes of challenging for a spot in the top four and at one point looked set to compete for the title, but have since cooled off and fired Andre Villas Boas from the helm.
While Sherwood has done a remarkable job and turned the club’s fortunes around and reinvigorated Emmanuel Adebayor in the process, his team is still a work in progress. Berbatov was not the man they needed to take his performances up a notch and the team needs to find the right balance when facing top-class opposition. They have enough talent in the midfield in Christian Eriksen to create a significant number of scoring chances every game and the team needs to step up collectively when it matters.
On current form, the Spurs look good for another Europa League spot at the end of the season, but they need to be careful not to lose their footing too much and end up progressing backwards.