Sherwood returns Spurs to the Redknapp days, and the top four

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On more than one occasion during Harry Redknapp’s reign at White Hart Lane some form of the phrase “we played two wingers and had a go” left his mouth.

A love of the 4-4-2 formation saw his side play some of the most thrilling attacking football in the Premier League and it came with some success too considering he finished in the Champions League spots twice, albeit missing out on participation in one instance due to Chelsea’s win in the competition.

Having endured a period of extreme rigidity under Andre-Villas Boas, where the side scored just 15 times in 16 games and had collected 27 points, those fancy free Redknapp days look to have returned in the guise of Tim Sherwood.

In all five of his matches so far, four in the league and one in the Capital One Cup, the former Blackburn midfielder has played two strikers and it has paid off.

The team have scored ten goals in that time and are unbeaten in their league games under the stewardship of the former Premier League victor, winning three times and drawing once.

With such a gung-ho approach to his management, Sherwood will please Spurs fans in the style of football the team will play and, considering the character-building win over Manchester United last time out where Tottenham held on to the lead under a barrage of attacks, looks to have instilled some belief back into the squad.

Their win at Old Trafford puts the north London outfit within touching distance of the top four again and with momentum clearly with Sherwood’s men, a bet on their 3/1 to end the season inside the top four looks a promising one.

The tests keep on coming for the new boss though, and a first managerial taste of a north London derby is fancied to go against him, with Arsenal 10/11 favourites to win their FA Cup clash.

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