Tottenham Hotspur defenders Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate should be asked serious questions over their Spurs futures in the summer.
Whilst both being brilliant on their day and had so much potential as younger players. Can they justify their wages at Tottenham Hotspur given the significant injury problems both players have? With Ledley King 29 years of age and Jonathan Woodgate turned 30 in January; neither player has many years ahead of them.
Ledley King has been a loyal servant to Tottenham Hotspur. Having joined the club as a trainee in 1997 he is currently the clubs longest serving player. With 236 appearances, King is something of a fan favourite at White Hart Lane. In all honesty so he should be. He is a great centre back much like his club compatriot Jonathan Woodgate. But injuries have taken their toll and with a chronic knee problem now plaguing the former Tottenham captain. Isn’t it time Tottenham took some action?
Much has been publicised about Ledley King’s knee problems. His inability to train during the week after playing a game must be of major concern. Harry Redknapp has vehemently stuck by the centre back and even believes he merits a place in Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad ‘He is a fantastic player, you’d take him to the World Cup all day long, he’s that good,’ said Redknapp. ‘He’s special, that’s why when he’s fit I play him. He’d love to go to the World Cup. I think he could go because if you lose Terry or Rio, you know he’s going to come in and do a job for you.’ Redknapp told The Telegraph
How can you take a player to the World Cup who can only play once a week? In a World Cup environment numerous games will be played over a short period of time. King’s ability is not in question; it’s his fitness that is. The fact that his knee swells considerably after a game and he cannot train for the majority of the week must have long term ramifications for the player. Ledley King is one of the highest earners at Tottenham Hotspur and if they wish to gain that Champions League place and compete in four competitions next season, there going to need players who can play twice a week.
Jonathan Woodgate is of a similar nature in this regard. Extremely talented as a youngster Woodgate was tipped to even exceed the heights of former Leeds United partner Rio Ferdinand in an England shirt. Alas this did not occur due to constant injury problems. Again Woodgate is on big money at Tottenham and considering the amount of competitions Spurs will be in next season, is his contribution enough for the amount he takes home? The former Newcastle United centre back has made three appearances all season. Rumours over his long term future in the game are rife with him undergoing surgery again for his troublesome groin last month.
With Michael Dawson in particular this season stepping up to the mark considerably, do Tottenham need both of these injury prone players? Dawson has improved massively this season with added responsibility and more game time. When Harry Redknapp begins his summer spending spree he should consider looking at one maybe two top class centre backs. Tottenham Hotspur need to relieve one of these sick notes of their duties. With Ledley King able to at least contribute more often with high class performances it seems Jonathan Woodgate should be looking over his shoulder this summer.
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