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Shock Return On The Cards – For ‘England’s Number One!’ Oh Yes It Is…

In the words of famous tracksuit-wearer and cigar-smoker, Sir Jimmy Saville, ‘Now then, now then, what have we here?’.

What we have is a surprising transfer rumour, and one of a type that’s always of interest – the hero’s return.  Well, perhaps hero is a bit strong, but the news that ‘Appy ‘Arry Redknapp is reportedly interested in bringing former Spurs favourite Paul Robinson back to the Lane will certainly prick up ears in N17.

Paul ‘Robbo’ Robinson (typically imaginative football nickname – not a patch on ‘One Size’ Fitz Hall, but I digress) had the best period of his career at White Hart Lane, where he served, largely with distinction, between 2004 and 2008.  Robinson had a great relationship with the fans at Spurs, and was the No.1 for Tottenham when they managed consecutive 5th-place finished in 2005/6 and 2006/7 under Martin Jol, and the big Yorkshireman was also England’s first-choice keeper from late 2004 to 2007.

Unfortunately, Robinson’s form dipped dramatically for club and country and several big mistakes, including Roman Pavlyuchenko to score in Russia’s 2-1 Euro 2008 qualifying win over England, left him in the worst form of his career. Blackburn Rovers came to the rescue, and the Yorkshireman has rebuilt his reputation and played well for a poor Blackburn team over the last few years.

Now Harry Redknapp is looking to bring the former Spurs No.1 back to White Hart Lane in the summer as he is desperate for first-class competition for Heurelho Gomes, the flamboyant Brazilian keeper who replaced Robinson at Tottenham. In order to bring Robinson back to North London, Spurs would have to pay something in the region of £10million, as Blackburn neither need the money nor will they be inclined to sell their No.1 goalkeeper.

It’s clear that the return of Robbo would provide Gomes with some stiff competition and the addition of the Yorkshireman would certainly improve the quality of the Spurs squad, but I think the transfer is extremely unlikely to happen. Although Robinson would be swapping a relegation-threatened club for one that could challenge for the title next year, it seems extremely unlikely that the big man, who is clearly No.1 at Ewood Park, would swap the certainty of first-team football for a probably permanent position on the bench at Tottenham.  Still, it’s an interesting story and stranger things have happened in the wonderful world of Association Football.

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