You cannot be serious!
Who would have thought that Aston Villa would do us a favour against Chelsea and help us remain clear in 4th. I suppose that it shows` that Chelsea are in a worse run of form than even the Midlands relegation candidates. Meanwhile we are in our best run of form for several centuries with 9 games unbeaten in the Premiership and 11 in all competitions. If we had shown the same lax defending and conceded a last minute goal like Chelsea the 'Harry out' tendency on Spurs fan-sites would be more numerous than the grains of sand in the Sahara.
Not that you would have recognised a top Premiership side in our performance against Fulham. We looked tired and our passing was sloppy for the early part of the game. Later Fulham dominated and it would have been hard to spot the relegation team. They were organised in defence and creative in the midfield, especially Murphy. If they had an on form striker they might be pushing for Europe rather than battling relegation.
We were tired because the same players with minimal changes turned out again for our third game in 6 days. Gallas even when heavily strapped up in the second half was preferred to Bassong who came on against Newcastle and played well once again alongside Dawson with whom he had kept several clean sheets last season. Do you detect a certain amount of doubting of the judgment of Harry here?
I know, I know, we won and the proof of the pudding and all that. But like the plates spinning on sticks act eventually all the plates tumble despite the ever increasing manic activity of the head plate spinner. You have to think ahead and Everton might prove a platter too far. Once again we won without playing that well and you all know what that's a sign of. Exactly 'A good team' according to popular myth.
Pavlyuchenko ran about a bit, had one shot and one good lay off to Bale to his name. Bale had a good effort saved but generally chose the wrong option. He did maintain the old double act with Van der Vaart for a goal which seemed clearly fortuitous at the time but which seems to be becoming more deliberate in everybody's minds with the passing of time.
Dawson and Gallas were firm and Dawson who was preferred as captain made a good clearance of the line. Hutton went off injured but we don't know how seriously and Corluka slotted in as if he had never been away. Our second clean sheet in a row secured the points and I suppose that in the past we would have conceded a late equaliser..
If we have the best squad in the league why don't we make more use of it? I hope and expect to see Jenas, Bassong and Corluka start the next game and even Sandro, Kranjcar and Gio who wasn't even on the bench against Fulham make an appearance. Van der Vaart, Bale and Modric could probably do with a rest though Luka is so essential to our play at the moment I would rest the other two first. Perhaps they will all get the day off against Charlton before the Man.Utd game.
If Lennon had scored having run through the Fulham defence as he did against Newcastle instead of running out of confidence and neither scoring nor passing then the pressure would have been off, both for that game and perhaps for the 'Beckham Bandwagon Carnival' fuss in the press which can only get worse as the January 'Shite-Fest' builds up.
I'm sorry for the slightly misleading headline because now I come to, not the British Broadcasting Corporation, but the 'Beckham Bandwagon Carnival' show. Now I'm not sure whether Beckham is trying to bounce Harry into a deal or Harry is trying to bounce Beckham into one. Or whether Harry and Beckham are trying to bounce Levy, or Beckham's agent is trying to bounce Harry and Levy. Or perhaps the press, who don't really give a toss either way, are just filling up space as usual.
It's January folks and the combination of the names of Harry Redknapp and David Beckham is nigh on irresistible. Now regular readers of this blog will know that I am a miserable old sod at the best of times. Snoods would be banned, Henry Ford's maxim would be followed with regard to boots: they could be any colour as long as they're black. Gloves would be allowed only when the temperature is below absolute zero and all players would live in digs with approved landladies.
So no prizes for gueassing which side of the Beckham argument I am on. I think it's a gimmick, a side-show, a distraction at a crucial time when we need to focus. I think it's personality led when our attention should be on football. I don't think he is good enough to get in the team any more than he can get back in the England team. I think it's all about Beckham and not about Tottenham.
In the time available little will be achieved especially in Lennon's crossing ability and if David wants to get fit then he should be paying us and not drawing a wage that smashes through our present structure. He is a model pro who can deliver a wicked free kick but we already have Bale and Van der Vaart for that role. He works hard to defend but Lennon already does that
His skill set is the opposite of Lennon's who's USP is his pace and there are plenty of u-tube videos to show what Beckham does without having to find space on the team bus for all the baggage that he inevitably brings with him. As a dressing room energiser, or youth coach he might have some impact but he is basically an irrelevance who is well past his 'sell by' date to Tottenham at the present time.
I am aware of the alleged benefits but they all seem to flow from us to Beckham. We don't need the publicity or the prestige that is said will come our way. All we reap is the down side of the celebrity culture that surrounds him with too little time for any practical benefit to arise.
If all those sentimental reasons about his dad and his birthplace are true they were no less true before he chose the riches of American and the glamor of Italy. Could it be the lure of the Champions' League? So to be clear: I'm against it, if it should turn out to be true, which I very much doubt.
Thanks David, but no thanks.