Football FanCast columnist Davis Lowe feels it is a bold but correct move, to offer Ledley King a new deal.
Football as a business is unique in many ways and I wonder how many companies would be prepared to pay out £70k a week for an employee who not only is unable to train with his co-workers and who is not always available to work every week. You have to credit Daniel Levy for showing excellent loyalty to Ledley King, although it is fair to say that the Tottenham stalwart is no ordinary player.
Ledley King is arguably the best defender England never had and if injuries hadn’t blighted his career then there is little doubt in my mind that he would have been playing for one of Europe’s elite, such is the ability of the man; people talk of Ferdinand being the best defender in England, but he certainly doesn’t possess the same talents as King either from a defensive point of view, or with the ball at his feet. Thierry Henry once hailed Ledley King as the Premier League’s best; there are few better compliments than that.
It astounds me when I watch the level of performance that Ledley puts in. For a man who doesn’t train all week, he remains incredibly sharp, always reads the game perfectly and is arguably the best and most competent player on the pitch. It makes you wonder how good he could actually be, if his knees weren’t as fragile as they appear to be. There aren’t many people out there who don’t feel that he wouldn’t be worthy of a place in Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad and it is clear the Italian is hopeful that King remains fit, hence why he has been calling him up, despite the fact he has been unable to play.
Despite King’s qualities as a player, I am sure there are many club chairmen out there who wouldn’t have had the minerals to sanction a new contract, given his past injury record and Daniel Levy sanctioning a deal says a lot about the man’s courage, decency and it just shows how important this player is to the football club. Harry Redknapp said a few weeks back that if he could get 20 Premier League games out of King every given season, then it is a fabulous asset to have in his team. I have never actually seen Tottenham’s win statistics with King in and out of the side, but I reckon the win percentage will be extremely high when Ledley’s playing.
So what is the feeling among Spurs supporters of this deal and do you feel the club were right to offer him a new contract? Or do you feel it represents too much of a risk and the club should have perhaps invested the money in a fully fit defender capable of playing every week?