I figured since I gave my last transfer advice to Arsenal that I would be fair and give a little advice to their eternal North London rivals. Clearly Spurs are once again battling for a Champions League spot so the question for Harry Redknapp is who to buy/sell in order to secure (or retain, if they reach it this year) the elusive fourth place finish Spurs fans so desperately want. So, with that in mind, here are my top five suggestions and advice for Harry Redknapp during the summer transfer window.
Author’s note: Yes, some of these are completely unrealistic at this point but one can hope!
5. Sell Robbie Keane: Yes, I said it and I’m sorry. I love Robbie Keane; I really do. Robbie Keane was one of my favorite players to watch before he switched to Liverpool. But he has just never settled back in at White Hart Lane and he really isn’t fitting in too well on loan at Celtic either. So what gives? Beats me. But what I do know is that Harry needs to find a way for him to get back to his prior form or he needs to sell him fast before his situation gets worse. I hate even suggesting this because Keane is such a wonderful part of Spurs but as long as he stays in his current form, he is better off somewhere else.
4. Seal the deal with Gudjohnsen: He is on loan from Monaco and he clearly needs to stay on a permanent basis. He provides a deadly attacking option along with Pavlyuchenko and Defoe and he’s just the kind of player who is hungry enough to help Spurs to fourth place come May. He’s a great buy and would fit right in at White Hart Lane.
3. Sign Joe Cole: In my last post I suggested that Arsene Wenger sign him and I think Harry should go for him as well. He’s a hard worker and would probably fit in better at Spurs than he would at Arsenal. Cole has often been linked with Spurs due to the fact that he and Redknapp were together at West Ham and he would be an excellent addition to a dangerous midfield (well, at least when Aaron Lennon is healthy).
2. Go for Joe Hart: Why not? Yes, it would be next to impossible to lure him away from Manchester City and/or Birmingham but he’s young, talented and hungry. Gomes has greatly improved this season but having a potential England Number One competing against you will elevate the talent in goal…no matter who ends up being the starter. I like Joe Hart and I think he would fit in well with Harry and Company. Another plus to this potential deal is that Joe Hart is exactly the kind of young, talented keeper that can make an excellent career at one club. Really, every club except Liverpool, Villa, Everton, and Stoke (IMO, the teams with the best keepers) would love to have Hart on their side.
1. Figure out Pavlyuchenko: He has been up and down this season and Harry needs to figure out how to keep the fire lit under Roman if they want to finish fourth. Obviously when he plays well (and often), Spurs are better off but Harry needs to get sustained consistency out of Pav if he wants the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis. He and Arshavin were the players du jour after Euro 2008 and Pav should has something to prove in North London since Arshavin has arguably had the better run since then. If Pav isn’t going to work out, then I think Spurs should sell him for a bundle of cash and use it to buy a better fit up top at White Hart Lane.
Well, those are my thoughts. What are yours? Spurs fans, who do you want to see next season? Thanks!