Spurs welcome four players back – but who is the most important?

Tottenham have been boosted with the news that Tim Sherwood will have a quartet of first-team stars back available in the near future.

Despite Tim Sherwood’s strong start to life as Tottenham manager, he has had to make do with a lot of influential first-team players being unavailable of late.

However, with the side pushing for fourth place in the Premier League, the North London club has been boosted with news that four influential stars are on the verge of returning from injury.

Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen, Paulinho and Sandro all featured in Tottenham’s recent friendly fixture with West Ham, with hopes that the quartet will all be in the reckoning for Spurs’ next game – a home clash with Manchester City on Wednesday night.

But, of the four players, who will Sherwood and the Spurs faithful welcome back the most?

There is no doubt that the centre of midfield has been the area most impacted by the injury list, with Mousa Dembele and Nabil Bentaleb carrying the side from the centre of the park.

Bentaleb’s emergence has been a real plus point of the last month, and it will be interesting to see if the young Frenchman is still afforded a start with Paulinho and Sandro both ready to play again.

Paulinho has been steadily getting better and better this term, and looks like one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the Premier League, while Sandro is a rock in front of the defence and a firm fans’ favourite.

There is an argument to suggest that these two could even be the first choice central midfield pairing, but Dembele and Bentaleb have faired well in their absence.

Having more options will surely improve the group as a continent, as Sherwood looks to get his best side selected.

Despite the positive influence of the Brazilian midfielders, surely the most-welcome return will be in defence. Although Younes Kaboul on his day can be a commanding centre-back, Jan Vertonghen is simply a different class to the rest of the defenders at Sherwood’s disposal.

Having the Belgian back available will be a massive boost for the North London club – but Sherwood must play him in the right position. Although the temptation to make up for Danny Rose’s defensive shortcomings by slotting Vertonghen in at left-back will be there, the ex-Ajax man must take a place in the heart of the Spurs defence.

Vlad Chiriches and Michael Dawson have actually been in good form of late, but still look susceptible to balls in behind them. The Spurs skipper’s lack of pace is exposed in almost every game, while the Romanian’s lack of concentration sees him make regular mistakes in dangerous areas.

Just who Tottenham’s ideal centre-half partnership is remains to be seen and must be worked out by Sherwood, but one thing is for sure; Vertonghen must be one of the two.

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