Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has taken a swipe at midfielder Sandro by saying the Brazilian is “not good enough” to play for the club. The 25-year-old was left off of the squad that eased to a 3-1 victory over Fulham on Saturday, and he took to Twitter to reveal that there was very little reason behind his exclusion:
Good morning Guys, just to let you know that i'm not injured ! Hope that we can win the game today.— Sandro Raniere (@sandroraniere) April 19, 2014
Sandro’s fellow Brazilian, Paulinho, started in central midfield with Nacer Chadli, and the former helped himself to a goal in a strong performance at White Hart Lane.
However, Sandro’s exploits on social media overshadowed what was happening on the pitch, with BT Sport asking Sherwood about the incident at full-time, as James Dickenson of The Express reported:
What he's stating is correct, he's not selected at the moment. I don't think he's good enough to be in the side at the minute, when he shows me he's up to the level of the other players he'll be back in the squad. I like Sandro as a player but he has to work hard to be back in the side.
According to WhoScored.com, Sandro has made just nine Premier League appearances this season, with a lowly average rating of 6.48, as Sherwood has opted to look beyond the Brazil international.
Instead of looking to take his manager’s comments on board and prove him wrong, Sandro simply decided to laugh at them:
Lol lol lol ...— Sandro Raniere (@sandroraniere) April 19, 2014
Sandro has two years left on his contract at White Hart Lane, but he has attracted interest from big clubs around Europe over recent years and may be forced to move on if Sherwood remains in charge of the club.
The likelihood of that, however, is slim.
As Metro reported, Sherwood’s days at Spurs appear to be numbered, with Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal tipped to come in as his replacement following the 2014 World Cup. For now, though, he remains in the Tottenham hot seat; and he said that he didn’t care for Sandro’s tweet, according to The Times' Gary Jacob:
Sherwood: "Sandro had calf injury & in my eyes it was not right to put him in the squad. I don't care about tweet. He can tweet what wants"— Gary Jacob (@garyjacob) April 19, 2014
While Sherwood hasn’t exactly received the backing of Tottenham fans since his appointment, having a player cause such shock waves without just cause isn’t acceptable.
Spurs have three matches remaining in what’s been a disappointing campaign, and it’s unlikely that the Twitter-happy Sandro will play any further part.