Tim Sherwood makes Leeds United claim ahead of Tottenham Hotspur game
Leeds United can beat Tottenham and can avoid relegation by beating poorer sides, according to former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood.
Following the 6-0 defeat at Anfield, Marcelo Bielsa’s men are now just three points from the relegation zone having shipped 16 goals in a four-match span and picked up only one point.
But the pundit believes the Whites will beat the drop if they get players back from injury and don’t have to play the league’s top teams.
Speaking to Premier League Productions, via Leeds Live, he said: “They need Kalvin Phillips back, they need [Patrick] Bamford back and they need to not play against top-quality sides like Liverpool and Man City, of this world.
“They need to play against the Brentford’s. The Norwich’s. Watford’s. And the teams in and around them.
“Tottenham are beatable. After the Lord Mayor’s show against Man City, they go to Burnley and get turned over. They can beat Tottenham.
“Can they beat anyone on what we saw? It’s hard to believe they can beat anyone. I still think they will get enough wins. I think they have done enough to stay up.”
All very well
Perhaps Sherwood hasn’t looked into United’s situation too deeply but his theory somewhat falls down when recent results are taken into account.
They may have conceded 10 in losing to Liverpool and Manchester United, but it is the defeats against Everton and Newcastle that have caused more damage.
Losing to the two sides immediately below them has given their direct rivals confidence.
The comprehensive defeat at Goodison Park was only the home side’s second league win since September.
Of the 13 remaining fixtures in the Premier League, the Whites face opposition currently in the European places four times.
Sherwood is right that games other than the ones against Wolves, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal are the ones that should be targeted.
But recent form won’t fill fans with confidence and the return of the absent key performers is more needed than ever.
However, Bielsa suggested yesterday the March 10 game against Leicester appears not to be a realistic prospect for that.
In other Leeds United news, a recent signing is already talking about potential exit destinations.