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Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Redknapp Rocks

He may not be an award winning journalist, or even an ex-played boasting a large trophy cabinet, but Jamie Redknapp’s appearances in the Sky Sports studio have been a highlight of my viewing season.

Having spent seasons watching the likes of John Barnes presenting football on Channel 5, I have become accustomed to switching over for the 15-minutes between the two halves of the game. However, the ex-Liverpool midfielder has proven himself, in my eyes, to have a very good understanding of the game and shows very little bias towards any team, despite having spent 11 years at Anfield.

While I wince at the thought of listening to the likes of David Pleat, Stan Collymore and Jason Mcateer, Redknapp will be welcome on my screen every day of the week. Not only does he have a very good knowledge of the Premier League but he has even made a number of promising appearances as a Champions League pundit.

He may be tactically left out of games involving Tottenham but, given that his dad is the manager, it is an understandable and wise choice by the chiefs at Sky to do so.

His appealing appearance and razor sharp suits will keep him in front of the cameras for many years to come. Those of us who ever thought it was a lack of talent keeping him off the pitch may well have been misled. He quite clearly have a very good footballing brain. His understanding of the game and swiftness in noting frailties and short-comings could well tempt him into a managerial job but it looks like he will stay in punditry.

All in all in my eyes, a wise choice in the Sky Sports box.

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