Wednesday 25 April 2018

Spurs' summer signings Lamela, Capoue and Chadli could be sold this month

Tim Sherwood is considering trimming his large Tottenham squad
Tim Sherwood is considering trimming his large Tottenham squad

Ben Rumsby

Tim Sherwood has revealed he would be “happy” for Tottenham Hotspur to jettison more players this month after admitting some of those he inherited were not part of his plans.

Spurs manager Sherwood confirmed he and sporting director Franco Baldini had discussed reducing the size of his squad during the January transfer window.

Jermain Defoe has already left for Toronto FC, while three of the players Andre Villas-Boas signed in a £100 million summer spending spree have been linked with moves away – Erik Lamela, Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chadli – along with Lewis Holtby.

Sherwood insisted he had heard “nothing concrete” regarding the future of Capoue – who has been heavily linked with Napoli – or any other player but hinted he did not trust the midfielder as much as other members of his squad.

Declaring he was “absolutely” prepared to lose players this month, he said: “As long as they’re the right players and the ones that I don’t want to take us forwards then I’m happy. You can only go with a certain amount of players.

“But we certainly won’t be leaving ourselves short. If no one left, I wouldn’t be shedding any tears over that either.”

Sherwood highlighted midfield as one area where Tottenham had plenty of cover, saying: “I’ve got a certain amount of trust in other players before some others, but the longer I’m with them on the training field, the more I’m getting to know them and the more I’m getting attached to some of the new players as well.

He added: “All I can say with regards to Etienne Capoue is that he’s never caused me a minute’s problem here. We have a good relationship. He realises that I’ve used Nabil Bentaleb in front of him – not only him but Lewis Holtby and a few other players in the midfield area – because I knew the young boy and I trusted him.

“Etienne has played, he played at Old Trafford, and he’s been asked to play in reserve games to keep up his fitness, along with other players.

“The fact is I’m still getting to know some of these new players and I know the other ones better.”

Sherwood admitted Spurs were unlikely to make any signings themselves this month, revealing their injury problems were beginning to ease.

He confirmed the fit-again Andros Townsend and Sandro could both make their first appearance for a month in Sunday’s Premier League game at Swansea, with Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul likely to return to action soon after.

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