Newcastle Player Who Suffered The Redknapp Treatment
One aspect of ‘Arry’s behaviour that rarely gets spotlighted is the sheer number of players that he has bought over time, not necessarily for Manchester City type of money but big transfer fees in anybody else’s terms.
At West Ham they saw a massive turnover of players under Redknapp which then accelerated in his relatively short time at Portsmouth where he succeeded in helping to ruin a club with a great history, an FA Cup win not much solace if you might end up with no team to watch.
At Tottenham though it is where Redknapp has really gone to town and regularly bought players for around the £10m mark, many of them seemingly disappearing into a black hole.
Many a time I’ve seen Spurs on the TV and seen a player and thought ‘oh yes, totally forgot about him, that’s right – he went to Spurs didn’t he….’, the commentator then saying such and such is getting his first game for X number of weeks/months/years.
I know many fans are happy to see all players who left Newcastle after relegation as stereotypical rats leaving a sinking ship but in the case of Sebastien Bassong, Mike Ashley was more than happy to pick up the £8m Spurs offered for the centre-back who’d arrived only a year previously for £500,000.
Ironically, I was told some time ago that if Alan Shearer had got the Newcastle job then the player had indicated he would have stayed, now Bassong signs for Norwich and Chris Hughton – funny old game.
The centre-back was easily our best player in that relegation year and became a first team regular in his first season but then found himself cast out into the wilderness only playing six more times under ‘Arry, no doubt because he’d bought another half dozen centre backs.
Remember David Bentley? Had just broken into the England team and was the bright new thing starring at Blackburn, joined Spurs for £15m with another possible £2m based on future appearances….42 Tottenham matches in 4 years and I doubt anybody in the England set-up even remembers him.
Steven Pienaar – a bargain £3m as he had only 6 months left on his contract and played a paltry 10 times in 18 months while on Tottenham’s books.
There is a happy balance to be struck and this is what Alan Pardew is wrestling with now, as well as getting Mike Ashley to fund further transfers who won’t necessarily play every single match.
Unless you are guaranteed Champions League every season you can’t afford to have the two teams of players that Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City have.
You do though need some strength in depth, here’s hoping for a couple more players in before September arrives.
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