Spurs’ manager Harry Redknapp hailed his ‘amazing’ club captain after Ledley King returned to the starting XI for the first time since October. Ledley slotted in alongside Michael Dawson at Anfield yesterday and at times it looked like he’d never been away.
However, Harry’s post match comments revealed that he took a huge gamble on the player.

“Ledley was amazing,” Redknapp said. “He hasn’t played for seven months”

“He came back yesterday morning. I asked him how he felt and he said ‘not great’ I spoke to him before the game to see if he could get through a game but he said ‘I don’t know, I’m scared that I’m going to break down again.”

“I took a chance and thought that he might as well break down now instead of the first game back next season.”
There have been no post match reports of any problems with Ledley so it seems likely that he will continue against Birmingham, but was it worth the gamble or were Spurs putting what was left of the player’s career on the line?

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  1. i wrote on another blog at some point this season, that the best thing for King to do for spurs was to hang up his boots so the club can finally look for a long term replacement!!
    After watching the game yesterday i hold my head in shame and am highly embarrassed of even thinking such a thing!
    He is absolutely imense and his presence on the pitch is felt all around. none more than for Dawson, who seems like a different player when paired with him and in my view was his best perforfance this season.
    LONG LIVE THE KING!!!

  2. We needed to know before heading in to the summer transfer market. A fit King and Dawson with Gallas as back up along with Bassong et al is a good position to be in. Take King away and it gets a bit scarier. Good call! I hope Ledley can pull it off.

  3. its so frustrating, he is such an amazing player and it is so cruel on both spurs and england that he’s had these injury problems because who knows where they could have gone with a player like him in the team. Having said that, I would like to see him bow out to a deafening reception against Birmingham, as he clearly doesnt have a season in him. A true Spurs legend!

  4. Well done Ants! A lot of people have posted similar views, and Leds has had a really frustrating season, but when he plays, there is no-one better. He is an all time great, who plays through the pain for us. He was brilliant again yesterday.

  5. Daws and Gallas more likely to be first choice – with Woody and King as backup – when available! We also have Kaboul, who I think is a better CB than RB and who I expect to get less games next year if we recall Kyle Walker (as surely we must).

    I could see Bassong and Hutton being sold and Corluka on the bench and/or stepping in for either full back occasionaly..

    Then hopefully we can loan Caulker to someone like QPR and see how he does.

    • if King is fit… he will always be ahead of Gallas in my view (not that i have anything against Gallas)!!
      King is our captain and his presence on the pitch cannot be matched!!

  6. It’s no coincidence that last years 4th place was with Ledley playing a large part of it. Get him playing next season, a top striker and who knows, it could be a great season.

  7. mickey – spot on mate. he was -is the best and most influential player we have. However it’s like saying that a’ crack addicted mother’ should be seperate dfrom her kids’…in the sense that: They should be together (in an ideal world) but because of circumstance ‘may’ be better apart.

    Lonf livethe king

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