Tottenham Hotspur FC manager, Tim Sherwood, is pursuing players for the squad during the transfer window, and latest reports indicate that the club is making a bid to take Bernard on loan for the rest of the season from Shakhtar Donetsk. The Brazilian winger was a target for Tottenham last summer, but he signed instead with the Ukrainain club for a reported £21.5 million. After making that type of investment, they are not willing to sell him outright, but appear to be willing to let him go to the Spurs for the remainder of the campaign in order to get some regular first-team play for him. Bernard is looking to go to the World Cup on the Brazilian team, and with only 4 starts this year playing for Shakhtar Donetsk, heading to the Premier League appears for the best way to gain more visibility for himself. It looks like a win-win situation, as long as the deal gets done.
Sherwood has said that he would “be happy” to sell some of the first-team players during the transfer window if they wanted to go. With Jermain Defoe headed to play in the MLS for Toronto FC, a couple of other Tottenham players seem keen to follow his lead. According to his agent, Daniel Evrard, in an interview with the London Evening Standard, Nacer Chadli is looking to find first-team playing time somewhere as he makes his own bid for a spot on the World Cup team for his native Belgium. Lewis Holtby, also unhappy with playing time for Tottenham, has indicated that he would be interested in leaving during the January window as well. Sherwood has said that he is not going out of his way to lose anyone, and that the issue of whether or not players leave will be primarily a matter of “supply and demand” and not his willingness to make the deal. Clearly in the case of pursuing Bernard, The demand is there for the Tottenham Hotspur manager.
All the while, the club still has to continue to play well. Going into Wales to face the Swansea City FC on Sunday, Tottenham have the opportunity to win a fifth-straight away game for the first time since 1960. Swansea is fighting for their lives to stay out of the relegation zone, only three points away at the moment. They will prove a handful for the Spurs if they do not take the match seriously. Fighting to prove his worth to Tottenham before the end of the campaign, Sherwood will surely do just that. He has brought his own take to the squad from the very first match he managed on an interim basis.
Sherwood has managed to get stellar performances out of players virtually dismissed by Andre Villas-Boas, the previous manager. Emmanuel Adebayor, one of those players, has rewarded that faith with excellent play. He has provided the missing second striker that has made all the difference to the Tottenham attack. Sherwood, very familiar with the younger teams in the Tottenham system, may just have a few more internal candidates to offer should he decide to go forward with selling some of the starting squad regulars. Certainly, by pursuing the 21-year-old Brazilian, Bernard, he has not shied away from a possibly younger look for the Tottenham Hotspur FC. It could be just what they need to carry them onward and upward in the Premier League standings.
By Jim Malone