Football FanCast guest columnist Pete Harris wonders what Harry Redknapp has against Tottenham's left sided trio.
Now far be it for me to stick my oar in and suggest how Harry might improve this season's very promising Spurs side, he seems to know what he's doing! He currently has our men sitting pretty at 3rd in the league and I don't need to remind you how many points we had chalked up on the board at the same stage last season. But while the rest of the Premiership are crying out for the natural width a quality left footed wide-man brings to the team, we currently have at least three at our disposal we don't use!
In Gareth Bale, Gio Dos Santos and Jamie O'Hara we have three of the most promising left sided players currently trying to ply their trade in the Premiership. Gareth Bale was courted by Man Utd and touted as Ryan Giggs natural successor at both International and club levels, before we managed to steal him away from under the big red nose, of you know who. He started well under Big Martin Jol before his career was hampered by injuries, two changes of management and a subsequent lack of form. There can be no doubt in Bale's pace and ability to deliver a ball and let's not forget that despite his indifference in form of late the kid is only 20 years old. This lad has a lot of promise but his career looks certain to stagnate at Spurs under Redknapp if the team continues to perform.
Gio is another one who seems to be a firm fan favourite despite his lack of minutes on the field. He is in the same mould as Lennon, small, quick, agile, extremely gifted on the ball and has an eye for goal. He came to us from a great academy at Barcelona and has looked dangerous every time I have seen him pull on a Spurs shirt. There are question marks over his attitude and willingness to track back when we are not in possession but I have to say that the offensive prospect of having him on the left and Lennon on right is exciting and would scare the bejesus out of most Premiership defenders. Should the circumstances dictate, give him a chance I say!
O'Hara, the darling of the Spurs faithful epitomises everything Spurs need in a footballer. He is passionate, has energy to burn, is not afraid to put himself about, and has an eye for goal is always available for a pass. A rare professional in the modern game. I for one was disappointed to see him go on loan to Pompey and all the signs are that that's where he will stay if they avoid relegation.
This is before we even mention our England Under 19 & 21 prospects Andros Townsend and Danny Rose who are both doing well on loan playing league football this season.
As I said at the top of this piece Harry would be absolutely mad to change what is not broke just to offer us natural width on our left flank but with all this talent available to him why does Harry insist in putting a square peg in a round hole, in the absence of the mercurial Modric. When fit nobody could argue with Modric's inclusion in the side but since his injury Harry has opted for Robbie Keane and more recently Niko Kranjcar to fill the void on the wing in favour of our natural lefties. It's looking increasingly likely that all three will have to move on in order to find regular first team football but with left footed players of their potential in such short supply, could their departures come back to haunt Spurs in later years?
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