Football FanCast columnist Rob Facey is asking who should start in the Carling Cup Final; David Bentley or Jamie O'Hara?
Harry Redknapp has spoken of his selection problems ahead of the Carling Cup Final against Man United at Wembley on Sunday.
Redknapp, who has made clear his feelings about playing a vital European game on theThursday before a final, is set to make a late decision between David Bentley and Jamie O'Hara to start in the Spurs midfield as Tottenham look to salvage something from a very poor season.
Whereas most teams view the Carling Cup as a shortcut to European qualification, Redknapp says that he wants to win on Sunday to add silverware to the White Hart Lane trophy cabinet rather than thinking of the consequences.
"The Carling Cup is just about winning a trophy, beating Manchester United," he said, as reported in The Times.
"I was asked whether the FA Cup [reaching the Final as Portsmouth manager] was about getting into Europe. I replied, 'No, it is about winning the FA Cup. If there is no Europe, I am not bothered. I want to win the FA Cup.'
"Now, I want to win the Carling Cup, but I want to stay in the Premier League. If we had a good run in the Uefa Cup and reach the last eight or semi-final, but were relegated, then that would [not] be lovely [for the club] next year. I don't want to say I want to scrap it [Uefa Cup], as that would cause a problem. If we were sitting in the top half of the league it would be different."
Indeed it would, and it is clear that the North London side seem to have given up any hope of progressing in the UEFA Cup and, after a 2-0 loss in the first leg, have omitted several first team players from tonight's squad, including England's David Bentley.
This undoubtedly improves the chances of the former Blackburn man starting on Sunday but, with O'Hara starting tonight, Redknapp may elect to stay with the latter.
O'Hara replaced Bentley when Spurs were 1-0 at home to Burnley in the semi-final and his inspired second half display resulted in a 4-1 victory, but Bentley undoubtedly has more big-game experience.