Harry Redknapp, currently in charge at Queens Park Rangers is now one of English football’s most experienced managers. Here is a look at five of the best signings in his managerial career.
Also signed twice by Redknapp, Crouch scored some vital goals as Tottenham impressed in the Champions League in 2010-11. His goal at Manchester City ensured that they qualified for the competition, and in the second round, he once again made the decisive contribution as Spurs defeated AC Milan over two legs.
Harry Redknapp has signed Defoe on two occasions. He helped Portsmouth achieve a top-half finish in 2008, before he was persuaded to follow Redknapp back to Tottenham, and in his second spell at White Hart Lane he was crucial in the club’s run to the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2011. Defoe has since become one of Tottenham’s all-time leading scorers.
The Ghanaian midfielder had an excellent season in the Premier League when Redknapp brought him to Portsmouth in the summer of 2007. There he helped the club to winning the FA Cup, and his performances consistently caught the eye, and he left after one season to join Inter.
Rafael van der Vaart
The attacking midfielder was a relative bargain, joining Tottenham for £8m in 2010, and made a superb impact in the Premier League, helping the North London club to fifth place, narrowly missing out on the Champions League. He ended his first season as top scorer, while he also had the most assists.
In 2011-12 he scored 10 goals, helping Tottenham to a fourth placed finish.
Yakubu’s goals were vital as Portsmouth cemented their place in the Premier League following their promotion in 2003. Signed from Maccabi Haifa following a successful loan spell, he scored 16 Premier League goals in his first season and 12 in his second, and is Pompey’s highest ever Premier League scorer.
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