I know it is hard to imagine Harry Redknapp buying just one player, but for the sake of argument, you are going to have to be creative in your imagination and imagine that you are Harry, you have some cash to spend, you have inherited his current squad and you can buy just ONE player to make a difference to Spurs in their push to secure Champions League football next season.
I must admit, finding the right player for Spurs isn’t easy. Given that they have a very large squad and are well stocked in almost all areas of the team. Finding a player who would be available at the right price, would fit in with Spurs budget and who would come in and make an impact is very difficult, but after some deliberation, I think I have found the player who could make a difference to Tottenham for the rest of the season…
Brede Hangeland from Fulham for £10m+
It has been something of an open secret that Harry has been in the market for a centre back. Jonathan Woodgate is as fragile as Dimitar Berbatov’s ego and the injury problems that have dogged Ledley King in the latter stages of his career have been well documented. That only really leaves Michael Dawson and Sebastien Bassong as Spurs’ fittest defenders. It seems unfair to suggest that Dawson and Bassong have not played well, certainly in the Tottenham games that I have seen I have been particularly impressed, especially with Dawson who I feel cannot be far from an England call up. However with two centre backs always likely to struggle with injuries, only having two fit means that Harry doesn’t have much choice to change things if the players in that position suffer a loss of form or an injury.
Enter Brede Hangeland. Fulham’s powerhouse centre back who rivals Arsenal and Everton are believed to be firm admirers of. Hangeland is precisely the defender Tottenham would need. He is strong, agile, fit, superb in the air and surprisingly agile on the ground for a bigger man. Like Dawson, he is a real threat at set pieces when he comes forward and in addition, he is a central defender who likes to play football. Roy Hodgson obviously saw this raw potential when he coached him at Viking FK in the Norwegian league and it wasn’t long after Hodgson became Fulham manager that Hangeland followed him. Since then he has grown into an accomplished centre half and the lynchpin of Hodgson’s impressive Fulham team.
At 28 years old, he is not a particularly young purchase, but he would provide excellent cover for Woodgate and King as well as providing real competition for Dawson and Bassong at the heart of the Tottenham defence and would continue to do so for at least 3 or 4 years.
Certainly he would be a more viable option to me than making a move for the accident prone Anton Ferdinand of Sunderland (which has been mooted in the past) or trying to resign yet another player that Spurs sold to Portsmouth at a net loss of £6m in Younes Kaboul.
What do you think? Which ONE player would you sign for Spurs if you were Harry Redknapp? Let us know below!
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