As certain players continue to perform week in and week out, others begin to find themselves more and more on the sidelines. This is the case with a number of players earning their wages at Tottenham. This is not because they are bad players – they just can’t keep up with the likes of Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale – and let’s face it, few can. I’ve singled out four players for whom I think it’s time to move on. These are good players who I think could re-ignite their career at new clubs. Furthermore, their sale will add funds to Harry Redknapp’s transfer kitty as he hunts for the signature of two further ‘world-class’ players to help Spurs compete for trophies.
One such player who hasn’t made the impact that he may have hoped for is Niko Kranjcar. He joined Spurs for £2 million in 2009 and has only played sporadically since then. Newcastle United, Everton and Liverpool are all thought to be after the Croatians signature, which is valued by Spurs at £7 million. If Spurs move on Kranjcar for this kind of money it will be a piece of very good business. It’s unlikely that Newcastle and Everton will shell out that kind of money and Liverpool’s spending is being monitored very heavily right now. If Kranjcar engineers a move to Liverpool then he may find himself in a similar position to the one he’s currently in at Spurs. If Tottenham are willing to come down on their price, then moving Kranjcar onto Everton or Newcastle would be the best option for everybody involved.
Robbie Keane is another who has struggled to get game-time this season. The same state of affairs saw Keane shipped off to Celtic last season, where he was a success, winning the Celtic Fan’s Player of the Year Award. This season it’s likely that Keane’s plight will see him moved on for good. Juventus are thought to be monitoring Keane’s circumstances with interest. At one stage Keane looked set to be a real Spurs legend, so it’s a little sad to see him go, but it feels as though the time is right. Despite being 30 years old, you still feel as though he could do a job in Serie A.
Despite a good start to his Spurs career, David Bentley’s form soon faultered and he saw himself drop down the pecking order. Bentley cost Tottenham £15 million in July 2008 when purchased from Blackburn. It’s unlikely that Tottenham would be able to recoup this money in his sale. But with Aaron Lennon and Luka Modric both keeping him out, it’s time for him to seek football elsewhere. A move back to old club Blackburn Rovers could be on the cards, and if Spurs can get about £7-8 million out of the sale, they’ll have done a good piece of business.
Another player frozen out by Redknapp over the last year or so is Jamie O’Hara. The 24-year-old midfielder spent the last season on loan at Avram Grant’s Portsmouth, where he impressed. It’s now thought that West Ham (now managed by Grant) are looking to add O’Hara to their squad. If West Ham can match Spur’s £6 million asking price, this would be a good move for both teams.
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