Tottenham concerned for Ledley King as defensive injury crisis continues
Harry Redknapp will intensify his efforts to sign a central defender after he spoke of fresh fears about Ledley King’s knee injury “nightmare” and revealed that Jonathan Woodgate was spending a month with a specialist in the United States in an attempt to cure his long-term groin problem.
The Tottenham Hotspur manager has explored the possibility of re-signing Younes Kaboul from Portsmouth and he also has an interest in Palermo’s Simon Kjaer, a Danish international who has an £11m buy-out clause in his contact and is being chased by a host of leading clubs.
Redknapp has only two fully fit centre-halves at present, Michael Dawson and Sébastien Bassong, and even one of his emergency options for the position, the midfielder Tom Huddlestone, is now injured. Huddlestone has needed to have fluid drained from his knee after recent matches and he will not play in the Premier League fixture at Liverpool on Wednesday night, amid concerns that he could yet require an operation.
“If I’ve only got two centre-halves and Ledley’s long-term, it’s going to be a problem, we’ll have to look at it, for sure,” Redknapp said. “Tom could play there but if he’s injured as well, that is the problem. Wilson Palacios could probably play there at a pinch but you wouldn’t want to go and play 16-17 games with him at centre-half so it’s something we’re looking at again.” (Guardian)
Clearly Tottenham have a few issues in terms of the long term fitness issues with their first choice centre back pairing of Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King. Harry Redknapp is also clearly looking to plan for the future and with that in mind he brought Sebastien Bassong to White Hart Lane and now has his eye on another couple of up and coming talents.
I am not sure of the wisdom of bringing back Younes Kaboul to Tottenham although he was by no means a flop during his first spell at the north London club whereas a move for Simon Kjaer appears to make a great deal of sense but Tottenham will have to fight off a clutch of top notch sides to the Danish International’s signature.
Tottenham supremo Daniel Levy has indicated that the addition of any new blood will have to come off the back of the sales of those at the club who could be considered deadwood with the likes of David Bentley, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Alan Hutton being the players most regularly linked with a move away from White Hart Lane.