Tottenham Hotspur’s performances have attracted criticism from pundit Jamie Redknapp and former boss Tim Sherwood, meanwhile it has emerged that the club elected not to buy Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling when the had the chance.
Tottenham Hotspur have endured a miserable start to the season with no shortage of pundits willing to offer helpful advice to the under pressure boss Mauricio Pochettino. Jamie Redknapp was first in the queue to have a pop at his former club.
In his Daily Mail column he, like so many other commentators, was critical of last summer’s signings Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela suggesting Spurs had massively overpaid for these underperforming stars. “I just hope they kept the receipt” he quipped.
Former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood also joined the chorus of derision directed at Soldado and urged his successor to give youngster Harry Kane a start ahead of the misfiring Spaniard. He was quoted by BT Sport
“Harry Kane is better than Roberto Soldado. I chose Kane last year as he was consistently performing better in training.
“He [Soldado] needs to start producing on the field and we can’t make excuses for him any more.
“He should be settled in at the club after living here for over a year.”
Meanwhile Spurs fans will be further dismayed to hear that the brains trust at White Hart Land passed up the opportunity to buy Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling who is emerging as England’s most exciting young player. The winger had been part of the youth set up at Queens Park Rangers before former Reds boss Rafa Benitez snapped him up for a relative pittance of £500,000 in February 201o, although this figure is set to rise based on appearances.
At the time of his sale London clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Fulham had been tracking the progress of the youngster but of the quartet only Fulham stepped up to vie with the Merseysiders for the signature, according to The London Evening Standard. The others saw the Jamican born player as too much of a liability with off the field issues
QPR youth coach Kevin Gallen explained:
“Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, they all knew about Raheem. But their attitude was: ‘Too small, too much baggage’,”
“At the time, I wanted him to stay at QPR. I persuaded the reserves to give him his debut at 15 so he’d feel he was being fast-tracked. But at one meeting, after training, Raheem said ‘Steve, I have to go’.
“I could see how genuinely upset he was and I thought, ‘I can’t do that to a kid’, so we reluctantly agreed to listen to offers.
“Now, with hindsight, I can see it was the right thing for him to leave, as much for a change in environment off the pitch.”
The Tottenham side has had to take a barrage of abuse from fans and commentators alike and can really only answer their critics by turning things around on the pitch, next up is a home game against a beleaguered Newcastle United, an ideal slump buster of a fixture if there ever was one.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.