'Tough ask' - Sheringham compares Tottenham to West Ham
By Will Butcher
Teddy Sheringham believes Tottenham will face an uphill struggle in playing at Wembley Stadium next season.
Spurs will relocate temporarily to England’s ground for their home matches next season, as White Hart Lane demolished and their new ground will be built in its place.
Speaking to talkSPORT on Saturday, Sheringham believes Spurs could mirror West Ham’s struggle, which has seen the Hammers’ form deteriorate after moving to the London Stadium.
The former England and Spurs striker also reflected on his old side’s form in the Champions League this season, which saw them fail to get out of the group stages at Wembley.
“It’s going to be a tough ask,” Sheringham said. “You have to look at West Ham and how they have gone to a new stadium and it’s a little bit like a neutral ground when they play at home at the moment.
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“It’s going to take a year or two for them to become accustomed to that. Tottenham are just the same. They played their home games in Europe [at Wembley] and came unstuck.
“So next year, even though they have had a few games there this year, I think it will be a bit of a strange affair.”
Spurs confirmed on their official Twitter account that they would be moving to Wembley next season, after talks at board level.
We can confirm that, following a Board meeting today, we’ve taken the decision to activate our option with Wembley National Stadium Limited. pic.twitter.com/DuQZsPedOB
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 28, 2017
But the move to the stadium has been met with discontent, after Mauricio Pochettino’s side suffered losses to the likes of Bayer Leverkusen, Monaco and Gent in Europe this season.
Pochettino also saw his side lose in the FA Cup semi-final to Chelsea at Wembley last weekend, as Antonio Conte’s side won 4-2 to progress to the final where they face Arsenal.
Spurs are next in action against north London rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon, as they look to secure three points and keep the pressure on league leaders Chelsea.