Many managers have their favoured players, but perhaps none more so than Harry Redknapp. The Spurs manager has made a habit of signing players he had at former clubs, often riling supporters of those clubs along the way. In this article we take a look at those players Redknapp just cannot seem to get enough of…
The Spurs front man is one of Harry Redknapp’s favourites, and Defoe has played under Redknapp at three separate clubs. Defoe started his senior career at West Ham United, making his first team debut in 2000 at the age of 17 under Redknapp’s watch. During his second spell at Portsmouth Harry Redknapp brought in Defoe from Spurs, where he formed an effective strike partnership with Peter Crouch. When Redknapp moved to Tottenham, he again signed Defoe in a £15 million deal.
Another favourite of Redknapp, Crouch like Defoe has played under Harry at three separate clubs. The first of these was during Redknapp’s controversial reign at Southampton in the 2004-05 season, the year when Crouch first made a significant mark on the Premiership. After three years at Liverpool Redknapp signed Crouch for Portsmouth in 2008, interestingly Crouch was also at Portsmouth in 2001-02 season when Redknapp was director of football at the club. As with Jermain Defoe, Redknapp returned to his old haunt and signed Crouch for Spurs in 2009.
The Croatian attacking midfielder has played under Harry Redknapp at two clubs, not quite matching Defoe and Crouch. Redknapp first signed Kranjcar from Croatian outfit Hajduk Split for Portsmouth in 2006, where the player starred for three seasons. As is his habit at Spurs, Redknapp again raided his former club for Kranjcar, picking the player up for a bargain £2.5 million.
A definite pattern is now emerging; Younes Kaboul has played for Portsmouth and Spurs under Harry Redknapp’s stewardship. The French centre-back was signed for Portsmouth from Tottenham by Redknapp in August 2008. Their paths would only briefly cross however as Redknapp made a move in the opposite direction only months later. It appeared this was not enough time for Redknapp though, and in January 2010 the Spurs boss swooped to sign the player fro Portsmouth.
It is not just during his time at Spurs that Redknapp has raided former clubs to sign players. Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Shaka Hislop played under Harry at two clubs; he was first signed by Redknapp for West Ham from Newcastle in 1998. When Redknapp left West Ham and became manager of Portsmouth in 2002, he was quick to make Hislop one of his first transfer dealings.
Glen Johnson and Harry Redknapp’s time at West Ham United did in fact overlap, when Johnson was at the Hammers’ academy. He didn’t make a senior appearance under Redknapp but Harry might well have seen him action and been impressed, as in his second term as Portsmouth Redknapp signed the buccaneering right-back in 2007.
Is there any I’ve missed? Let me know if you are aware of other Redknapp favourites…