Why Carrick’s move would be detrimental for Spurs

Having clinched the much coveted fourth Premier League spot and acquiring the Champions League spot that comes with it, it is only natural for Tottenham to be linked with a number of players.

One of the players that they have been linked with is Manchester United’s out of favour midfielder Michael Carrick, but do Tottenham really need him? Would it be wise for Harry Redknapp to bring him back to White Hart Lane?

I’m writing this article because of comments I received for a previous piece titled ‘Tottenham finally hold all the transfer cards’, in which a Carrick return to White Hart Lane could be on the cards as the idea was mooted in the press. A few Football Fancast readers (Beach_Bum, John and Cliffyboy) did not fancy bringing the England international back into White Hart Lane after he walked out of the club to go to former Premier League champions Man United and they have a good point, why would Spurs want Carrick back now?

The club does have a recent history of buying back its former players Jermain Defoe (from Portsmouth), Pascal Chimbonda (from Sunderland), Younes Kaboul (from Portsmouth) and Robbie Keane (from Liverpool), it seems as though it is something that has not always worked out for them especially with Keane. The Republic of Ireland striker left White Hart Lane for a ‘dream move’ to Anfield, which quickly became a nightmare. Rafa Benitez decided to sell the player back to Spurs six months later and the player’s stock has been falling ever since and he has since been shipped by Redknapp out on loan to Celtic.

Similarly Carrick walked away from Tottenham for a dream move to Manchester United in search of silverware and Champions League football. He impressed for the Red Devils initially, but after a poor season there are many rumours that he will be deemed surplus to requirements and will be sold on before next term, with Tottenham being the favourites to sign him (if you can believe what you read in the press of course).

Although Carrick is a talented midfielder and a wonderful passer of the ball, Tottenham have arguably just got over losing him and his return could be detrimental to certain players’ development. Tom Huddlestone has had a superb season and has even forced his way into Fabio Capello’s England reckoning following the injury to Manchester City’s Gareth Barry. It would be unfair for the midfielder to potentially be relegated behind Carrick in the pecking order should he arrive.

Some Spurs fans may not want Carrick back simply because he walked out (it was a little different for the likes of Defoe as he fell out of favour and probably did not want to leave the club initially) and other Lilywhites may still hold a grudge against the United midfielder for winning a controversial penalty against them during their 5-2 defeat at Old Trafford in April 2009. Spurs were leading the game 2-0 at the time after goals from Darren Bent and Luka Modric, but what was perceived as gamesmanship by the Tottenham fans as Carrick took a tumble over Heurelho Gomes inside the box and the incident arguably changed the game.

Anyway, I don’t believe that Spurs need Carrick back right now and if they are to bolster their midfield perhaps a player like Lassana Diarra is more of what they need to add real competition for newly signed Sandro and Wilson Palacios.

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