Harry Redknapp has revealed that he is the latest manager interested in the talents of young Danish centre back Simon Kjaer. The 20-year old’s performances for Palermo has brought wide spread interest for the likes of Liverpool, Man United in England, whilst Real Madrid and AC Milan have also shown a liking. It appears that Redknapp is looking to Kjaer to add some strength to the defence, given the fitness woes of Ledley King and the uncertainty around Jonathan Woodgate’s and the length of time he will be out due his problem groin injury. But who is this Simon Kjaer and is he really what Tottenham need?
Kjaer started out with FC Midtjylland in 2007 but did not stay in Denmark for a prolonged period of time after his impressive debut season. He was named the Danish under-19 talent of the year and was the subject of interest from Liverpool whilst Real Madrid made a bid for the player at this time but was unsuccessful in their attempts to take the player to Spain. Looking to secure regular first team action Kjaer moved to Palermo in 2008 and has established himself as a key part of the Italian side’s defence despite his relatively young age.
Kjaer is a tremendous athlete, tall and strong. The Dane is well built, puts himself about in the tackle and one of his great attributes is he is commanding in the air where not much gets past him. Kjaer has a huge amount of maturity in one so young and possesses good positional sense that enables him to read the game well and while his distribution needs improving, it isn’t any worse than Sébastien Bassong’s at present. The only stumbling block maybe the €12m that Palermo are asking, but the decision for Harry Redknapp is how desperate Tottenham are in need of a centre half at present.
It is a dilemma of sorts for Tottenham and the question is do the North Londoners really need him? Dawson has been an absolute colossus in defence, assisted by the ever improving Bassong and while Woodgate’s chances of a return to first team action seems a little way off, King and Corluka are available, whilst Huddlestone has proven time after time that he can step in when need be. Kjaer is certainly worth the €12m that has been quoted and his potential is enormous, but given Harry has a limited budget at his disposal, isn’t there other areas of the squad that need improving first? Surely a new centre midfielder is a greater priority?
Written By Dean Bryson