Surely Harry’s easiest transfer decision of the summer?


Football FanCast columnist ‘The New Voice of Football’ feels that cashing in on Zokora will be
Harry’s easiest transfer decision this summer.

Maths was
never my strong point, but I know you can’t get four into two. So it came as no
surprise to hear Tottenham midfielder Didier Zokora announce that he was ready to
leave White Hart Lane in the summer. Should he like Tom Huddlestone continue to
sit on the bench under the Harry Redknapp regime.

“If I can’t play regularly then I shall be
looking to leave,”

Zokora told Ivorian paper Super Sport.

“All my career I have been first choice
and Harry likes me, but he also has good players but I need to play.” 

Much of
Zokora’s bleating stems from the fact that he has literally been frozen out
since the arrival of Wilson Palacios from Wigan in January. The Honduran enforcer
Harry’s preferred choice as the anchorman of the Spurs midfield, with Jermaine
Jenas getting the nod over Huddlestone.

For me
Zokora was one of many players, who seemed to improve on Redknapp’s arrival
from Portsmouth. However, I’ve been more impressed with Palacios in his short
time at Spurs, despite going missing at Old Trafford on Saturday as United ran
riot, than I ever have with Ivory Coast international Zokora, signed to replace
Michael Carrick, who Tottenham should never have sold.

Now while
I would be loathed to see Huddlestone leave Tottenham, Zokora is another
matter. For while it took Palacios roughly 18-seconds to get stuck into Arsenal
on his home debut, it seemed like the best part of 18-months before I saw
Zokora make a decent challenge. Yes, he has bundles of energy, energy often
spent running into blind cul-de-sacs, losing possession and leaving Spurs
exposed.

Juande
Ramos said that Zokora was his favourite player during his tenure at WHL and
how I wished he would fork out a king’s ransom in January and take him to Los
Blancos. For Didier just simply isn’t the same player in the White of Spurs
that he is in the White of the Ivory Coast, who he always seems to perform for.

Maybe
Juande-boy liked Zokora for his willingness to play anywhere? But has he
actually excelled in any position he has played in nearly three-years at
Tottenham? Not really and very likely to be facilitated in his wish to leave at
the end of the campaign, with Didier probably behind both Jenas and Huddlestone
for the berth alongside Palacios as it stands.

Rather
than rise to the challenge like Heurelho Gomes upon Carlo Cudicini’s arrival,
Zokora has just faded away. Knowing that Harry has replaced him with a better
player, which if he’s not happy about, would suggest his time as a Tottenham
player is to come to an end.

Under contract at Spurs until the summer
of 2012, Redknapp should easily recoup the £8million the club paid for Zokora
and maybe make a profit. I like many Tottenham fans not shedding any tears if
the Ivorian were to be moved on in the summer. Which should be a no-brainer bit
of business for Harry, when the summer finally comes.

Should Spurs cash in on Zokora – CAST YOUR VOTE!