The reports linking Louis Van Gaal with the manager’s position at Tottenham Hotspur will not go away.
The Dutch maestro is being heavily-tipped to replace Tim Sherwood at the end of the current campaign, and despite nothing concrete as yet, it appears the rumour-rumblings are growing increasingly loud.
The London Evening Standard has today published a story claiming that if Van Gaal does take over at White Hart Lane, he would not make what they refer to as “sweeping changes” to the current playing staff. Instead he reportedly believes his coaching style is such that he could get the best out of many current Spurs players.
Of course this remains just another rumour in an increasingly large pile of them. But the stories will not go away, and however you feel about Sherwood’s tenure to date, they raise an interesting question.
Following Tottenham’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at the weekend, many Spurs fans singled out Christian Eriksen as the only player who left the pitch with any credit. And with question-marks over many of Spurs’ summer signings, would their fans like to see the majority of the current players remain in the hope that Van Gaal – were he to arrive – would work his mojo on them?
With reports linking the likes of Erik Lamela and Paulinho with the exit before they even got comfortable in North London, and with contrasting feelings towards Nabil Bentaleb and some of the other current first-team squad, would it be enough for Van Gaal to arrive, or would he need to bring in a number of new faces, too?
Spurs fans have been watching their side all season, so what do they think? Is one new man – in the shape of Van Gaal – enough to transform the performances of 10 or so others?