Club Focus – Tottenham Hotspur – Robbie Keane set to stay at Spurs as Harry Redknapp declares interest in Ashley Young

Robbie Keane is set to stay at Spurs as he appears to have cleared any doubts that Harry Redknapp had of the striker ahead of the new season. The Ireland captain has been instrumental in pre season and scored two goals in Tottenham’s 3-2 victory over Fiorentina on Saturday. Redknapp had initially seemed positive that the Irishman would be on his way out, but with Liverpool’s pursuit of Peter Crouch, it has coerced Redknapp to hold on to the striker for the time being. The Spurs manager was pleased with his whole team’s performance, but it was Keane who stole the plaudits. “There were some good performances,” he said. “Robbie was outstanding in the second half and took two fantastic goals. He is still a quality player, and still got a lot to offer.”

Redknapp is not one to hide his admiration of a player and it appears his latest transfer target is Aston Villa winger, Ashley Young. It was just last week that Redknapp had this to say about the England midfielder: “Everybody would have him but I don’t think there is a chance we could get him,” he said. “He’s a fantastic player and Aston Villa do not want to sell him, I don’t think he is available.” With the breaking news this evening that Martin O’Neill has resigned as manager of Aston Villa – it seems something has gone on behind the scenes to annoy O’Neill further than what he already is. The Villa manager has already conceded defeat in losing James Milner to Manchester City but said just last week that he would walk away from the job if Young was also sold – and this is what could have happened. Therefore it would be no surprise in the next few days if Ashley Young was to become a Tottenham player.

The addition of players such as Young, who was named in Fabio Capello’s new-look England squad to face Hungary on Wednesday, would help improve what is already a good squad at Tottenham. His pace and crossing ability could be a real threat for Premier League clubs next season. The pace of Young and Aaron Lennon on either wing for Spurs is something that Tottenham fans should be very excited about, should the prospective transfer go through. However, the fans will want more signings as would any club and ,knowing Redknapp, a few more look likely to come through the door at White Hart Lane.

Aside from wheeling and dealing in the transfer market, Harry Redknapp has other things on his mind with the start of the season so close. Only last week he voiced his considerable displeasure about England’s friendly against Hungary this Wednesday. Without doubt, Redknapp will be pleased that only one of his players will be in Capello’s squad in what the Spurs manager saw as a ‘crazy’ friendly. You would have to be a Premier League manager to understand Redknapp’s argument but this writer believes that the England friendly is far more important than what Redknapp is making it out to be. Aaron Lennon, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, and Ledley King have all been axed from England’s squad. This means that only Michael Dawson is the only English based concern ahead of the first game of the season against Manchester City. Redknapp’s squad will be scattered across the World this week, with many of his squad playing in friendlies for their respected countries. Heurelho Gomes, Giovani dos Santos, Luka Modric and Vedran Corluka are all in international action. Redknapp claims he won’t see many of his players until the night before the game. “I won’t see those players from the Saturday night until the Friday before we play Manchester City. I won’t see them once, not once .How can that be a way to prepare for the start of the season?”

Nonetheless, Redknapp will have to make do as will every other Premier League manager before their side’s first game of the season. With just five days to go and no official Spurs signing to date, Redknapp will be a very frustrated man with the lack of progression in this summer’s transfer market.

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