Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen looks beyond Newcastle horizon
If footballers are supposed to "take one game at a time," then Jan Vertonghen risks angering Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood by looking well beyond Wednesday night's trip to face Newcastle United.
Instead Vertonghen has already identified the clash with Liverpool next month as the defining game of Tottenham's season.
"We probably need a win, so we will go for that. It was a bad day for us when we lost 5-0 at home to Liverpool in December but that game didn't reflect our strengths compared with theirs," Vertonghen said.
"We need to work on our shape and our movement and then the sharpness will be there. Tim now has a chance to work on our shape. Until now, he has done a very good job. The club and the players believe in him."
Emmanuel Adebayor has been the major beneficiary of the change in manager and his match-winner against Everton was his seventh goal in 11 games since being restored to the squad by Sherwood.
Vertonghen added: "Adebayor is back and has been unbelievable. Just one player coming in can sometimes affect the team."
Meanwhile Alan Pardew has targeted Manchester United boss David Moyes, although he insists it's nothing personal, as the Newcastle manager hit back at "insulting" claims from pundits that his side are coasting, with little to play for between now and the end of the season.
"People say our season is over, which is an insult to our professionalism," said Pardew.
"We have a professional incentive - and it irritates me as manager of Newcastle when I hear different."