When Steven Pienaar agreed to join Tottenham for a reported £3 million back in January 2011, it looked like Arry had managed another great deal. His form at Everton had been a revelation after a slow start and was in such good form that even Chelsea made a late bid for him but Pienaar decided on Tottenham because he would get more game time, or so he thought.
Since then he has hardly had a look in the Tottenham first team, asides from Europa League fixtures, and became an enigma of a player making some people think that Redknapp only signed him up because he loves a good bargain and didn’t really know how to get the best out of him.
One man how can is David Moyes and thanks to a wonderful return to Everton on loan, he was able to show Arry what he was missing. As Tottenham went on an abysmal run, Pienaar ran amock for Everton scoring 4 goals and grabbing 7 assists in four fewer games than he played in a Tottenham shirt.
Now that The Sun reports that he wants to hold talks about his future at the London club, should Spurs cut their losses or give Pienaar another chance in the first team after his fine form for Everton in the second half of last season?
Right now it’s hard to say what is going to happen at Tottenham as they need to address some important issues related to the squad. The most important being who will be the manager come August and what will become of Modric, Bale and Adebayor. Pienaar may find himself down the list of priorities for Daniel Levy because of this.
Pienaar is 31 and knows it won’t be long till his regular playing days become limited and as good as he played for Everton I just can’t see him getting into the first team at Tottenham. Along with the cut price sale of Niko Krancjar, who left for £6 million to Dynamo Kyiv, all signs point to the exit for Pienaar.
Of course if Levy were to bring in David Moyes as the new manager Pienaar would certainly be more inclined to stay due to his relationship with the Scot. With Modric looking to leave their maybe more of a chance in the first team for Pienaar who definitely prefers playing through the middle rather as a make shift winger as he did so under Redknapp.
If not then the perfect place for Pienaar would be back at Goodison Park but due to the well documented problems with finance, it would mean spending most of Moyes summer spending money on one player and whether or not he would be willing to put all his eggs in one basket remains to be seen.
Either way Pienaar still has the talent to do well in the Premiership and any team would be lucky to have him. Speaking from a personal point of view it was great to see him back at his best for Everton which was summed up by a wonderful return goal at Goodison against Chelsea.
Right now though Steven Pienaar has two choices: play the waiting game to see what direction the new Tottenham manager goes in or leave and make a fresh start.
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