Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood is a unique character.
"Eccentric" is an ideal word to describe his managerial style, and he seems to make intuitive decisions rather than tactically logical choices.
The notion of playing left winger/deep-lying forward Nacer Chadli in a central-midfield pairing with Paulinho is inexplicably reckless.
Chadli averages 0.8 tackles per game, and Paulinho is a box-to-box midfielder, so Spurs are vulnerable without the ball as neither are confident in tracking opposing midfield runners.
That was why Fulham central midfielder Steve Sidwell bumbled his way through on goal to score.
Sherwood might be trying to replicate Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti's experiment in playing right forward Angel Di Maria in midfield.
Well, Chadli and Di Maria cannot be practically compared.
Di Maria is a high-energy technician with a workhorse mentality, while Chadli flatters to deceive.
Sherwood should quit being a football hipster and make a stock-standard call.
In the future, play Sandro, who tweeted that he was fit to play, along side Paulinho.
Not only will Sandro act as a foil to Paulinho, the two can communicate effectively.
Remember, the language barrier is one of Paulinho's explanations to him struggling in his debut season for Spurs, per Globo Esporte (h/t Paulo Freitas at Sky Sports).
Oh, that won't happen since Sherwood and Sandro have had a falling-out.
"When he [Sandro] shows me that he is and he's at a level with the other players then he can get back in the squad," Sherwood said, per BT Sport (h/t ESPN). "I only pick players based on who can win the game, and at the moment, he's not good enough to be in the squad so he's left out."
Right, so in Sherwood's mind: Sandro is worse than Chadli, who is learning to play the central-midfield role on the fly.
Even without Sandro, why not start Mousa Dembele?
This goes back to Sherwood making judgements on a gut feeling, and Chadli as a central midfielder does not make sense tactically.