Sherwood - The Summer Seven will improve

Tim Sherwood spoke after the game today and felt now with a season experience under their belt the seven summer signings would be better next term.

Sherwood - The Summer Seven will improve

“It was hyped, it was ridiculous. You’re talking about taking out the best player in the world, or one of, in Gareth Bale, and replacing him with seven players who’ve never played in this competition previously – how on Earth were we meant to be title challengers?

“If you don’t know the game you could think that they would just all hit the floor running but it doesn’t happen - they need time. This club will be better with those seven players next season because they will have had a season playing in this competition, and experience, and they’ll improve from that.

“To take out a real match winner – eight winning goals he (Bale) scored last season, 21 goals. Jermain Defoe, ten goals, Clint Dempsey, eight goals – look at all those goals you’re taking away.

“And what are you replacing them with? Adebayor, who wouldn’t kick a ball for the club until I took over and was the only proven goal scorer in the Premier League we had, and Soldado who’s coming in and going to take time to settle.
“So it was impossible to think about winning the championship or even the top four. As much as I don’t want to pour water over it, it’s a fact.

“We’ve qualified for the Champions League once – why do we have a divine right to finish there? Where we’ve finished in the Europa League, in sixth, is where we should be – that’s where we are.

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“We all want to aspire to be winning championships but we’re not getting there at the moment with what we’ve got and to remove a match winner like Gareth Bale, we shouldn’t have expected it.”

The voice of reason is not what his haters want to hear but he is spot on with what he says, any club that takes away 38 goals from the team is going to have trouble replacing them.

We have European football and finished above Manchester United for the first time in 24 years, there are positives to take, not least of which is the development of the youngsters under Sherwood. It looks unlikely he will remain at the club is any capacity which is a shame. 

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