At the end of last season it seemed that Niko Kranjcar’s time at Spurs was at an end. After winning goals against Bolton and Sunderland he was consigned, in the main, to the subs’ bench and after highlighting his lack of first team action, it seemed almost certain that he would be moving on.
However, after stepping into the breach to cover for our decimated central midfield – effectively at Hearts and inadequately against Man City – Niko’s name wasn’t even mentioned on deadline day and for now at least, he remains a Tottenham player.
Many have said that he is at his best as cover for Gareth Bale, or as an impact player coming off the bench. It’s even been suggested that if Spurs want to persist with a 4-5-1 formation, he should be the one providing cover for VDV during the Dutchman’s injury absences.
Overall, it could be another frustrating season for Kranjcar and ultimately he may move on either in January or at the end of the season but for now, how do we utilise his talents?
If used wisely, will Niko Kranjcar be a hit or miss in 2011-12?