FanCast guest columnist Grant Mathews wonders what
Harry does with Giovani Dos Santos in January.
You could forgive Giovani Dos Santos for thinking
his Spurs career is doomed, after his latest setback. The Mexican is a player
that most Tottenham fans have a soft spot for and one they would like to see be
given a greater opportunity at White Hart Lane, especially given the heroic
performances he puts in for his country.
It was a tough time for Dos Santos and as Harry, and
the player conceded, he has had his problems settling in for one reason or
other. Personal issues had interfered with his training, which subsequently saw
him dropped from the first team squad and while supporters clearly felt he was
being overlooked, it appears there was obvious reasons for it. The loan spell
at Ipswich appeared to be the wake-up call he needed and after a summer heart
to heart with Harry and Gio's parents it appeared some common ground was
reached and the player was to be given another chance – however injury appears to
keep scuppering the boy's chances and you do wonder how many more opportunities
he is going to get.
The frustrating thing for Harry is that as much as
he would probably like to give Dos Santos' his chance, he'll be fully aware that
the likelihood of him getting a run of games will be limited, especially with
the arrival of Kranjcar and Modric set to return from injury in around four
weeks time. Redknapp will know that being a World Cup year that he will require
game time so the real dilemma with Dos Santos is what Harry does in January –
does he send him out on loan, or does he look to cash in on him with Deportivo
reportedly keen to make a bid?
It is a real tough call for Harry as for the large
part he still remains an unknown quantity and what his actual capabilities are
in the Premier League. The smart move would be to send him out on loan and once
again reassess him next pre-season, but I just wonder with funding likely to be
much the same as it was in the summer, as to whether Redknapp will look to
sacrifice him in order to strengthen elsewhere; I mean, how many more games
will he get to impress from now until January, especially as he now faces
another lay-off? It is a real conundrum for Redknapp, given that he is yet to
really find out what a fully focused Dos Santos is capable of delivering.
So what should Harry do with Dos Santos and will fans
ever get the opportunity to see the Mexican win his spurs – or has injury and
circumstances likely to ever prevent him being given that chance?