Harry Redknapp and Tottenham Hotspur have had a very eventful week. A humiliating defeat to home to newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers, the Spurs Christmas party and a magnificent midweek victory over fellow fourth-spot chasers Manchester City. As you would expect Harry has been in fine fettle and has provided us with a number of sound bites to get stuck into. So here is what Harry Redknapp really thinks.
Asked for his view on bringing in players during the January transfer window, he said, “Well I don’t think we need any players – the same view as the chairman. We’ve said that all along. I’m happy with the squad, if I can keep everybody fit we haven’t got any problems in terms of wanting to bring anybody into the club really.”
But he continued
“The only way we’d bring anybody in is if we sold somebody and we maybe wanted to use that money to bring another player in. But we’re not really looking to make any changes, we’re happy with the squad. We’ve got a couple of players on loan that we could bring back so we’re not really in the market for players.”
What he really means – Yeah, we have a good squad but I have some deals up my sleeve, so watch out in January.
However, while Redknapp revealed that the club have met with Pavlyuchenko and his representatives regarding a move, “Well I think Pav, I think his people have come over from Russia to meet with the chairman and discuss the possibility of him moving. But we’re not keen to sell him. He’s here and we need all our good players around us.”
What he really means – Pavlyuchenko won’t be at the club as of 1st February 2010.
And in the case of David Bentley, “I never said I was getting rid of him or he’s finished or going to go in January. There was none of that at all. It’s hard because I understand it’s not easy when you’re not playing. I have sympathy – they are not in the team and they are low and want to play. You can’t come in every morning full of the joys of spring when you’re not playing – you want to play football. You get the hump, that’s how it is. I’m not saying I’m trying to sell him. I’m not that bothered about selling anybody.”
What he really means – Bentley won’t be at the club as of 1st February 2010… FACT!
On the subject of the annual Christmas party, Harry has his say, “Christmas parties are nothing but aggravation. Everyone is waiting for you to trip up when you go out and get drunk. It’s a long season and this is a busy period, a working period. Every year there’s aggro at every football club that has one. If they tell me they’re having a Christmas party, I’ll tell them they’re not having one.”
What he really means – Have a party boys… and there will be trouble!
Then on Wednesday we witnessed Spurs produce a superlative display against City, he said, “That was as good as we’ve played over the 90 minutes. We never let off. All the chances were created by us; it was a great performance by us.”
What he really means – After the Wolves defeat, I cannot believe we managed to beat City, I am truly astonished.
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