Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has asked for his players to prove their worth as they prepare to take on Benfica in the Europa League.
Spurs host the Portuguese giants on the back of last weekend's humiliating 4-0 loss against London rivals Chelsea, a defeat that angered Sherwood.
With Champions League qualification an uphill task, Sherwood wants his team to finish the league as high as possible and is expecting his players earn the right for a first-team place.
"A lot of the players now who are here are playing for their future and I think they realise that," he told reporters.
"I'm going to have a good look at the squad and see who I need to keep and see who I need to bring in.
"We have that chance between now and the end of the season to prove they want to play for a giant club like Tottenham Hotspur."
The north Londoners showed character in the previous round when they produced a stunning comeback to defeat FC Dnipro 3-1 after losing the first-leg 1-0.
Sherwood took over the reigns at White Hart Lane following André Villas-Boas' sacking in December and he believes the players should give the fans something to smile about.
"Over a period of time, there's always going to be changes needed and you're going to need new personnel," he added.
"You're going to have players who perhaps are going to want to move on, but more so I want player here who want to play for the club.
"They have until the end of the season to prove that they're playing for the club and not themselves.
"I don't think at any football club a player should be doing a club a favour by playing for them.
"You see a lot of players all over Europe, or all over the world sometimes, they think they've outgrown the football club but that can't be the case.
"People pay a lot of money to watch these football clubs and it's in their blood, and players owe it to them to perfrom 100% for the shirt."
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