Tim Sherwood believes Tottenham can ‘do a Leicester’ and be topped Premier League champions this season with ‘the most effective entrance three in world soccer’ spearheading their assault.
The previous Spurs boss has advised talkSPORT the long-term harm to Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk has thrown the title race large open this season, and Jose Mourinho’s aspect at the moment are one of many prime contenders.
Van Dijk’s season might properly be over after he suffered a 3rd grade ACL tear – that’s a really severe knee harm, to me and also you – through the Reds’ feisty Merseyside derby.
The Dutchman hobbled off the pitch contained in the opening ten minutes after a nasty problem from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, and his membership have confirmed he’ll endure surgical procedure with the defender set for months on the sidelines.
With out their defensive keystone, it’s been broadly assumed the champions’ possibilities of defending their title are over.
And, after Leicester’s iconic 2015/16 title win, Sherwood believes this season might produce one other shock end result within the top-flight.
“This league is at all times unpredictable, nevertheless it’s a lot extra unpredictable this season,” the ex-Spurs participant and coach advised Monday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.
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“It’s probably the most aggressive league on the earth, nevertheless it’s been nothing like this. It needs to be one thing to do with no followers within the stadiums, it’s the one factor I can put my finger on.
“It’s large open now, particularly with that information of Van Dijk being lacking. It’s up for grabs for somebody to return out of the pack.
“Everton have had a implausible begin, Tottenham have their issues on the again however look good going ahead, Arsenal are enhancing beneath Mikel Arteta.
“We noticed Leicester do it three or 4 years in the past, so who is aware of? I believe it might be a 12 months for somebody to return out and win it.”
Requested if that staff might be his former membership Tottenham, Sherwood admitted with Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Gareth Bale up entrance, something is feasible.
Spurs could not have had the most effective of weekends, letting a 3-Zero lead slip to attract 3-Three with West Ham at house on Sunday, however the former boss believes the staff has sufficient high quality to problem.
He added: “Nicely, why not?
“They’ve obtained so many gamers, they’d seven on the bench yesterday and so they had Carlos Vinicius who was the one one who wasn’t a global footballer.
“They’ve obtained Dele Alli who can’t even get modified, Danny Rose hasn’t obtained a squad quantity, they’ve obtained an enormous quantity of high quality of their squad.
“They’ve obtained a supervisor who’s used to profitable, Jose is aware of the best way to win issues.
“Gareth Bale must get match; clearly when he got here on he had that one lung-busting run, his shot went previous the submit and if you noticed his face after that he was struggling to breathe – he must get again to health, he’s not prepared to start out in the meanwhile.
“However when he will get again to health, alongside Son and Kane, there’s no higher entrance three in world soccer, is there? Liverpool followers will argue, in fact…
“If Jose will get a pleasant stable base behind these three, and also you’ve obtained Hugo Lloris who is without doubt one of the greatest goalkeepers within the league, Tottenham have gotten each likelihood.”