Writer: J P Fear
Date:Wednesday December 22 2010
Interview with OxfordSpur from >>Vital Spurs<<
1) So how are you finding the Champions League and how much of a distraction do you think it might prove league wise?
The Champions league has been fantastic and everything I could have hoped for. As yet it is still massively exciting compared to the established sides who I feel now take the competition for granted. As for a distraction, I think we have done quite well, winning four and drawing two of our eight games following CL games (inc the two qualifier games). Defeats to Wigan(H) and Bolton (A) were poor performances, but whether that was a CL reaction, I`m not sure.
2) You seem to be picking up some very handy wins and if not the 3 points, you are getting draws. What was the booing the team about recently that seemed to get Harry so annoyed?
In a league where everyone seems a little more inconsistent than usual, we are doing okay, though we do seem to have a mix of getting draws from wins and wins from defeats, great viewing for a neutral, but it does nothing for my blood pressure.
3) Harry Redknapp said you could win the league, do you agree?
We could, but we won`t, and I think that Harry would privately agree on that. All the top sides are struggling for consistency and are dropping points they would usually expect to win easily, but we are still part of the chasing pack and just to be in a position where we can be considered as contenders is a great achievement. For me getting a top four place again would be brilliant.
4) Which of your players do you think will be sold this January?
If offers come in, I can certainly see us selling Robbie Keane, David Bentley and Giovani dos Santos, while Jamie O`Hara will probably go on loan to gain fitness and perhaps either earn himself a squad place or one in the shop window in the summer. Perhaps a few others such as Niko Kranjcar or one of Crouch or Pavlyuchenko would be sold, but that would very much depend on incoming players.
I don`t think it would be wise to make wholesale changes as that could disrupt the side as much as strengthen it, but if sensible offers come in for players that aren`t in Harry plans, I think he would take the money and worry about it being a problem later.
5) Do you think you`ll be in the hunt for any players in the transfer window, if so who / what sort of player?
I don`t see too many players coming in, regardless of how many go out. I expect to see us look for players who offer flexibility of role and can perhaps fit into several positions or formations. I think we will seriously look at bringing in a central midfielder, with someone like Scott Parker a very sensible target and also Steven Pienaar from Everton. Both players would cost no more than £10m combined, so I don`t expect us to be spending big, unless we can persuade someone to sell us a superstar striker in the middle of the season, which I doubt, but stranger things have happened...
6) All the links to Ashley Young. Would you want him?
I think he is a magnificent player, but I wonder if the opportunity will have passed, should we sign a player like Pienaar, especially as he would be so much cheaper. With Van der Vaart, playing in the hole behind the main striker and the likes of Lennon and possibly Pienaar as similar attacking options to Young, I wonder if it is simply something that would have been great, but the time has passed.
7) What do you make of the league this year and are you surprised to see Villa so low at the moment?
As a fan it is a fantastic and entertaining league, with so few guaranteed results at the moment. Villa are lower than I expected to be honest, but with their injuries it has been tough, I am far from convinced about Houllier as a man to take you forward and I am still a little baffled as to why he got the job. I won`t totally write him off as a manager until I see what he does in the window, but for me he needs either a lot of money or a good imagination and I`m not sure he has either.
8) Not sure I`m looking forward to freezing my ahem.... to be cold on Boxing Day, do you see this as a must win for Spurs or would a draw be acceptable?
I have decided not to make the trip this year as I have already been snowed in for four days and more snow is forecast, so I am sitting tight until the new year. Let`s be honest a draw at Villa Park is always a decent result, but I think we need to look to win wherever possible and on current form I can see us getting 3 pts.
9) What is your prediction?
3-1 to Spurs and very merry Christmas to you all :o)
Our interview on Vital Spurs..... which even if I say so myself, is a bloody classic! >>Click Here<<
Date:Wednesday December 22 2010
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