The latest man that Harry Redknapp thinks he ‘can’t’ get his hands on seems to be on the way out of Villa Park quite soon. It must be very confusing, however, for young Gabby Agbonlahor that both his bosses seem to prefer the lumbering, predictable and unproductive style of Emile Heskey who is currently relaxing in South Africa.
Our Harry is the master of subterfuge, having ‘no interest’ last season in a string of Pompey players only to eventually sign them and only this week claiming that Joe Cole is already fixed up somewhere else. We’ll see.
Agbonlahor possesses blistering pace and a real determination to succeed. O’Neill has produced yet another player who never gives up and makes defenders lives a misery – and he’s young – and he’s English.
He’s faded badly towards the end of the last two seasons but Villa’s squad as we know was too small and hopelessly overstretched by the rigours of an unexpectedly competitive season in the Premiership. Harry can offer the promising young forward Champions League football and an extended stay in the international side. No disrespect to Villa but Spurs are a far more high-profile and far-sighted club producing any number of players who’ve attracted Fabio’s attentions.
Tottenham could offer an exchange for Robbie Keane – a player Villa covet and admire but whose clearly lost a yard or two of pace and who simply isn’t the deadly predator of three years ago. Robbie claims to be determined to stay at Spurs but there will be no first team football for him there or for Jermaine Jenas, Nico Kranger and a number of other very handy reserves who might suit Villa’s needs very well.
And for Tottenham, add the pace and determination of Agbonlahor to the guile and scoring ability of Defoe and the amazing effectiveness of human beanpole Peter Crouch, well it’s an interesting prospect.
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