Tim Sherwood slams Arsenal, Spurs for signing ‘average foreign players’

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Tim Sherwood has slammed Arsenal and Tottenham's recruitment

Tim Sherwood has slammed Arsenal and Tottenham’s recruitment (Picture: Getty)

Tim Sherwood has slammed Arsenal and Tottenham for signing ‘average foreign players’ and questioned the Gunners’ deals for Martin Odegaard and Joe Willock.

Arsenal welcome north London rivals Spurs to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, with both teams hoping to secure a victory to climb up the Premier League table.

Despite winning their last two games, the Gunners are only 13th in the table, four points above the relegation zone and six points adrift of the top-four places.

Tottenham, meanwhile, have slipped to seventh in the table after losing their last two matches.

Sherwood says he ‘scratches his head’ over Arsenal and Tottenham’s recruitment in recent years and has slammed the Gunners for selling Joe Willock to Newcastle United and questioned the signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid.

‘Both team’s recruitment has been terrible,’ Sherwood told MyBettingSites. ‘Both clubs are signing average foreign players that block up pathways to their academy players and I don’t agree with that.

‘It’s not healthy. I can’t remember the last time they signed a really good player. It’s been so long.

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‘I can’t really put my finger on any recent signings and say, “yeah, he’s been a brilliant signing”.

‘Tottenham’s best recent signing would be Heung-min Son, but you’re going way back there. Hojbjerg is alright with the style Jose Mourinho wanted to play and certainly the way Nuno wants to play, but for every half decent signing, you’ve probably got five not very good ones.

‘Arsenal bring in the likes of Martin Odegaard, he’s a good footballer, but you’ve already got Emile Smith Rowe in that area.

‘They let Joe Willock go to Newcastle – and if Arsenal ever needed a player that was a goalscoring midfielder… Willock showed in a cameo role off the bench for Newcastle how effective he can be in the Premier League.

‘I scratch my head when I look at both Arsenal and Tottenham’s recruitment.’

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