Why Harry needs to strike a transfer balance

Times could not be much me better at White Hart Lane at the moment with Spurs sitting six points clear of 5th place Arsenal and just three points behind second place Manchester United with a game in hand. Harry Redknapp is deservingly receiving plenty of praise for the job he has done in North London and the imminent Champions League qualification could be the start of something special for all concerned with Tottenham Hotspur.

Redknapp is not only earning himself a great reputation for the turnaround at Spurs but you can bet your last penny that the former West Ham, Southampton and Portsmouth boss is weighing up plenty of options to bring players to White Hart Lane this month. Each window, Redknapp will come out and state that he is not looking to buy anyone in particular but will always go on to make a few signings, especially near the deadline where the future England manager thrives.

However, this year, Redknapp has claimed that he has to sell before he buys, which may be a lot more difficult than it sounds. After conceding that he was only looking for possibly one big signing this month, Redknapp was then told he needed to create the funds for any move and so is set to offload any unwanted squad players in the next few weeks. Unlike Manchester City and Chelsea along with a fully fit Arsenal and Manchester United squad, Spurs don’t have anywhere near enough strength in depth to be able to cope with five or six players being shown the door.

With youngsters being sent out on loan, the Spurs boss is now set to offload the likes of Vedran Corluka, Steven Pienaar, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Sebastien Bassong along with others in the squad. This is surely not an option for Redknapp who must replace any departure as the squad is just not up to being weakened any further as they showed in this seasons Europa League. A couple of injuries to players such Luka Modric, Scott Parker and Gareth Bale would leave the North Londoners extremely weakened. With that sort of quality missing, along with the sales of squad players, who would Spurs bring in? With youngsters such as Andros Townsdend already sent out on loan, with more to follow, there will be no one left at the Lane.

As much as ‘Arry wants to get rid of his deadwood, until they are replaced that is not a viable option and so the Spurs boss will have to use more of his cunning transfer plans to get around it. Do not be surprised to see a few squad players on their way but Spurs fans must be on the edge of their seats every time a player hits the deck from a rough challenge or falls awkwardly as the only way they can continue their brilliant form is to keep their players fit and have able replacements in the wings.

It is every managers dream to have two top quality players in every position but Redknapp does not have that at the moment at the Lane and with the possibility of a few players leaving, that could be a worrying sign for Spurs fans. However, if Redknapp gets up to his old tricks at the end of the month there could be some surprising additions to the white half of North London.

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