TIM SHERWOOD has raised many an eyebrow this season with his outlandish comments and the Tottenham boss has once again got people begging the question: “What are you talking about Tim?”
In recent times the former Blackburn and Spurs midfielder has come under fire at White Hart Lane with the club fans becoming increasingly frustrated with his attitude and strange comments he comes out with.
Last week he claimed he was the best manager to manage the club in the Premier League as he has the best win percentage. That may be true but “Dim Tim”, as he has become known, has only been in charge for four months so to come out and say he is the best is somewhat cocky.
He has also launched scathing attacks on club legend Glenn Hoddle in recent weeks. The former England manager has stated that he was open to a return in December but the club decided to go with Sherwood. This prompted the Spurs manager to launch out and criticise Hoddle for ‘sticking his nose in and touting for his job’. A statement to suggest the man is feeling the pressure.
Both incidents haven’t gone down well with the Spurs faithful and his latest comments about young midfielder Tom Carroll won’t impress them either.
Carroll is currently on loan at Championship side Queens Park Rangers as he looks to gain vital experience in his development and he has helped his club to reach the Championship Play-offs this season. When asked about the England under-21 midfielder Sherwood stated that he could be the clubs next Luka Modric.
“Sometimes you want to bring someone on to make a difference, a different type, and I just think the blend’s not fantastic. But that takes time to work with and it’s also in the recruitment process of the club. Gareth Bale needed that ball very quickly and I think Luka Modric got it to him very quickly. I think Tom Carroll was that player – he can do that, absolutely. I tried to bring Tom back [in January], it just wasn’t possible.”
On many occasions in England we put far too much pressure on young players to succeed in the game, and that has caused us to get our hopes up far too often when it comes to international tournaments. Domestic football has been the same and many players have fallen by the wayside. One of the best cases of this in recent years is that of former Spur David Bentley. When he made the move to North London he was deemed to be ‘The next David Beckham’. That failed miserably.
Yes Carroll has done well in his loan spell at Loftus Road, amassing 26 appearances, and a reputation for being a young and up-and-coming midfielder. But being the next Luka Modric? Even the QPR fans will be choking in their tea with laughter at hearing that.
Carroll is currently 21 years-old and has proved himself in English football’s second tier to be a good central midfield prospect, and one who could go on to become a Premier League regular.
When Luka Modric was 21 years-old he was making his debut for the Croatian national team and becoming a household name with his club Dinamo Zagreb.
The difference between the strength of squads at Dinamo in 2006 to Tottenham’s current crop is understandably far greater, however unlike Modric was, Carroll is nowhere near the England first-team.
“Sandro and [Etienne] Capoue are similar, in stature and in the way they break up the game. I think Paulinho’s a little bit different, he likes to break forward into the box. But we miss that player – I’m not saying [Mousa] Dembele can’t do it because he can pick it up and he can dribble – but we miss someone who moves that ball and passes it between the lines very quickly, and he assists the assister.”
The comments from Sherwood do make you beg the question: do you know who Luka Modric is Tim? Modric was a dribbler who had a great sense of balance and an eye for a pass, a through ball, and he done it with pace and power. He might have been small but he wouldn’t be muscled off the ball that easily.
Watching Carroll, and you get no signs that he could be the same type of player. Yes he can dribble the ball and pass it to a team-mate however not with the same flair and arrogance that Modric possessed at that age. And he is certainly not showing the same skills as the Real Madrid man did at that age.
Luka Modric is without doubt one of the best midfield players in the world right now, some would say he is the best, but Tom Carroll is nowhere near that standard, and probably won’t ever be.
That’s not me stating that Carroll won’t go on to have a successful career, because he probably will, however to be given a tag such as ‘You’re the next Luka Modric’ will only have a detrimental effect on the boy and that shows very poor management from Sherwood.