Tottenham Hotspur returned back to winning ways on Tuesday night as they recorded a comfortable victory in the Champions League.

Tim Sherwood has called out Tottenham Hotspur trio Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld for seemingly being the problem for Mauricio Pochettino this season.

Former Spurs boss Sherwood thinks that Eriksen, Vertonghen and Alderweireld are the players that Pochettino ‘wanted out’ this season – all three players are out of contract next summer.

Overall this season, the performances and results from Tottenham players has been pretty abject, a Pochettino has struggled to find an XI that works for him.

Speaking to beIN Sports, former Blackburn midfielder Sherwood thinks that there are players at the club who are still ‘fighting’ for Pochettino, but there are those who are perhaps not. 

“You have got three players like Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld out-of-contract and unwilling to sign new deals at the club,” Sherwood told beIN Sports. “He wanted them out. People can speculate all they want. It’s not about the players who couldn’t bring into the club, it’s the one’s he couldn’t get out.

“He wanted them out of the way of his squad. And he wanted to really progress and move forward with a group of players who really buy into him for the long term project – I see that they are fighting for the manager, there are just a few players there who have got their heads turned.” 

Spurs returned to winning ways on Tuesday night when they breezed past Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League – it was a great response to recent performances, especially the one against Bayern. 

Once again, Pochettino made changes for that game, with Alderweireld hardly making the matchday squad and Eriksen starting from the bench. 

Centre-back Vertonghen, who wasn’t selected at the start of the season by Pochettino, was selected from the get-go against Red Star, but his manager is clearly giving out indications in regards to what he thinks about certain players. 

In other news, Striker wanted by Sunderland will become a free-agent today, contract not renewed