The Spurs boss is adamant the 21-year-old midfielder is capable of emulating Real Madrid's Croatian playmaker, and admits he tried to recall the QPR loanee in January
The 21-year-old has enjoyed a successful loan spell at Loftus Road, making 26 appearances and helping former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp's side secure a place in the Championship play-offs as they bid to return to the Premier League.
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“I could go on for ever about this, it’s just about having a blend in different areas of the field and different types of players in different areas of the field, and I just think the squad misses that a little bit,” Sherwood told reporters.
“Sometimes you can turn around and look to make a change, and it’s not always a like-for-like change that you want to make.
“Sometimes you want to bring someone on to make a difference, a different type, and I just think the blend’s not fantastic. But that takes time to work with and it’s also in the recruitment process of the club.
“Sandro and [Etienne] Capoue are similar, in stature and in the way they break up the game. I think Paulinho’s a little bit different, he likes to break forward into the box.
“But we miss that player - I’m not saying [Mousa] Dembele can’t do it because he can pick it up and he can dribble – but we miss someone who moves that ball and passes it between the lines very quickly, and he assists the assister.
“Gareth Bale needed that ball very quickly and I think Luka Modric got it to him very quickly. I think Tom Carroll was that player - he can do that, absolutely. I tried to bring Tom back [in January], it just wasn’t possible.”