Harry Redknapp has stopped whinging about the fixture pile-up for a little while to start moaning about something else, namely his lack of penalty-takers available on Sunday. Never mind the fact that one of the players he mentions was cup-tied and another substituted, the big question is why did this player not get involved?
Darren Bent may not have had much of a sniff during the match, but surely the former Charlton striker should have come ahead of O’Hara and Corluka in the pecking order? Sky Sports reports that Harry Redknapp lists three strikers that would have taken a penalty had they been available, but why not someone who was a regular spot-kick taker for his former club?
“The problem we had is that Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko would have been penalty takers,” Redknapp told Sky Sports News.
“None of them were there so we weren’t strong on penalty takers.
“I asked Luka Modric and he said the last time he took one he missed so he didn’t feel confident. “
Did the Tottenham manager also ask Darren Bent, or did the much-maligned striker not fancy it either? It seems strange that the club were on the verge of retaining the Carling Cup, and yet there were relatively few players who felt happy about stepping up and seizing the opportunity. Does this display a lack of character throughout the Spurs squad?