Sometimes in football, as with business, you can’t let emotion and sentimentality get in the way of the right decisions. Ultimately, you have to keep looking to the future, considering which group of players can deliver relative success to the club on a long-term basis.
Unfortunately for Ledley King, matches have to be taken one at a time these days, with the Tottenham centre-half having knee problems which restricts how many games he can play. Some Spurs fans argue that this should be the last playing season for the loyal servant, otherwise it’s very difficult to have consistency among the defence. However, the Daily Mail reports that Harry Redknapp wants to keep King in the team where possible.
He said: ‘If you get 20 games out of Ledley a season he is worth a fortune. He is that good.
‘As far as I’m concerned, as long as he is capable of playing football and getting games out of him, I would want him here as long as I’m here.’
Do Tottenham fans think that King should continue playing for the team, or should Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson be given the opportunity to forge a strong central defensive partnership instead? While nobody is doubting King’s quality as a defender, surely his continued inclusion halts the progress of the team? Can you imagine the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger having a player like this in and out of the team?