Sherwood: Tottenham squad playing for their future

The 45-year-old, who questioned his side's commitment after their defeat to Chelsea, has warned they may not remain at White Hart Lane next season if they fail to improve
Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood has warned his players they are playing for their futures at the club, and has reiterated his plea for the squad to show more desire.

The former midfielder, who took over at White Hart Lane in December, had initially sparked a resurgence but a disappointing 4-0 loss against Chelsea saw him publicly criticise the side's lack of character.

Sherwood has once again called on the squad to show more passion, and, as he plans for next season, says any player who falls below the standards he sets during the remainder of the campaign will not remain in north London much longer.

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“Looking at players now - who do I want to keep - a lot of these players now are playing for their future. I think they realise that now,” said the Spurs boss ahead of the club's Europa League clash with Benfica.

“I'm going to have a good look at the whole squad and see who I need ot keep and see who I need to bring in. They've got that chance between now and the end of the season to prove they want to play for a great giant of a club like Tottenham Hotspur.

“Over a period of time there will always be changes, you're going to need new personnel, you're going to have players who perhaps want to move on.

“But more so, I want players who want to play for the club and they've got between now and the end of the season to show they're playing for the club and not for themselves.

“I don't think [at] any football club a player should be doing the club a favour by playing for them. I think you'll see a lot of players all over Europe - all over the world - sometimes they think they've outgrown the football club. That can't be the case.

“These people pay a lot of money to watch these football clubs and it's in their blood, and I think the players owe it to them to perform 100 per cent for the shirt.”