Last week I wrote an article highlighting the opportunity of signing good players from Manchester City’s swelling squad, however, I didn’t expect Tottenham to be one of the clubs to be in the market. The two clubs are some of the most evenly matched in the Premier League, and I can’t see how City’s back-up players would help Spurs’ already healthy looking squad. Harry Redknapp told SkySports:
“One or two walk through the door and it gives everybody a lift. I hoped Joe Cole would have done that if he’d come here but I think there are one or two out there who would do the same – maybe from Manchester City. Stephen Ireland would cost too much. I like him but he is expensive at £11million or £12million.”
I totally agree with what Redknapp is saying but I’m surprised it is his club that could be in the market. Perhaps if Tottenham were facing a problem in registering their eight home-grown players they might want the likes of Ireland or Micah Richards, but Spurs can boast an already impressive array of home grown talent.
After bids for Joe Cole and Scott Parker have been thwarted, and mentioning Stephen Ireland as a possible interest, it is clear Harry is in the market for a central midfielder. He already has Tom Huddlestone, Jermaine Jenas, and Wilson Palacios, as well as Luka Modric operating there towards the latter stages of last season after the emergence of Gareth Bale, and even Jamie O’Hara is still a Spurs player at the moment (although he will be injured for the next few months). As good a player as I think Stephen Ireland is, would he definitely hold down a first team spot at Tottenham? Redknapp obviously wants a squad big enough to compete in the Champions League as well as domestic competition, but for Ireland, he may just be swapping the bench at Eastlands, for one at White Hart Lane.
For Tottenham, their midfield is decent – Jermaine Jenas could be improved upon, but as a back-up he’s not too bad – but if they going to spend money, it should be on a striker to help an uncommitted Robbie Keane, and a centre-back to compensate for the fitness of King and Woodgate.
After their fourth place finish, Tottenham are one of the teams now in position where they are trying to break up the Big Four’s long-standing dominance. They have reached the point whereby to improve their squad the quality of players that they buy have to be of the highest standard. Clearly if they are interested in the same players as Man City they will not be able to match them financially, and have so look elsewhere, but at least further than the rest of City’s squad (although Bellamy could be an option?). The teams who should be trying to persuade Mancini to part with his squad players are the clubs just behind Spurs, Everton and Villa i.e. Fulham, Birmingham, Stoke and Sunderland, that’s where the likes of Ireland could flourish.
You get the feeling that Redknapp is getting itchy feet, usually so busy in the transfer window; this summer has so far been a quite one. Because there has been a lack of transfers generally, there hasn’t been the usual merry-go-round and knock on effect where clubs can pick up players from each other. That said, Spurs are notorious for leaving things late, and you wouldn’t put it past Redknapp looking further afield than the Eastlands training ground, and picking up a couple of quality players on deadline day.
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