Football FanCast columnist Matt Wright begs to differ with Harry Redknapp.
I have a huge amount of respect for Harry Redknapp and what he has achieved at Tottenham Hotspur but he is wrong to criticise supporters and claiming some of us to be naive due to our criticisms of Robbie Keane. I think Harry is missing the point and why I am certain that Keane has made a massive difference off the pitch, on it he has provided little.
I personally am a massive fan of Robbie’s and the very fact he moved to Liverpool and soon return didn’t influence my liking of him in anyway. When it was announced he was returning I was delighted and believed he would make a massive difference and see us to safety. Off the pitch he probably did, but contrary to what Harry said I think it was a certain Wilson Palacios that was the driving force behind our results turning around on the pitch.
Robbie’s performances have been indifferent there is no question about that and I think Harry should give Tottenham fans a little more credit. Some do hold grudges with regards to his move, but the majority’s problem has been the fact that Keane has been picked come what may regardless of how poor he has performed. Last season there was countless examples of this where Luka Modric always had to make way when it came to substitutions and this season Harry is always looking to re-shape the team in order to accommodate Robbie, despite the fact it leaves us totally unbalanced. If Ireland hadn’t played in such a massive game in midweek there is little doubt in my mind that Keane would have started against Wigan and I am almost certain that he will be restored against Villa at the weekend, despite the team’s heroics on Sunday.
What Harry needs to realise is that the majority have no problem with Robbie at all, but all we want players who are picked on form and not merely because they have the armband. If Defoe, Huddlestone, King or whoever were having a bad run of form then supporters will be saying exactly the same thing and criticising the decision to persist with them. I am sure if Robbie Keane was asked the question as to whether his form since his return is the same as his past years at the club then he would be lying through his teeth is he said it was because we all know that hasn’t been the case.
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