There are four ex-Spurs players in the Stoke City squad and while the Potters also have league and European ambitions to worry about, we can expect to come up against some, or maybe all of them this evening.

As Peter Crouch, Wilson Palacios and Jonathan Woodgate linked up with Matthew Etherington at the Britannia, Spurs manager Harry Redknapp revealed that he is harbouring some regrets at letting Woodgate go.

“There were problems with insurance; he wasn’t insured to train with us,” Redknapp said. “It was tough because I knew that if he could get fit, and he was convinced he could, that we had a top-class centre-half, one of the best in the world.

“I wanted to keep him but I could understand it from the club’s point of view. They had paid his wages for the last two years and he’d hardly played. So it wasn’t easy. Full credit to Stoke. They’ve got him fit and he looks in good shape. He’s a fantastic boy, and I just hope it goes great for him now.”

Woody is quickly turning into a fans’ favourite at Stoke and we wish him well and while few Spurs fans would argue that the right decision was made, his class when fit has been sorely missed at times.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Woodgate is a great defender. He seem to be having a good run of games up at Stoke, and they have a fantastic history of looking after their players and keeping them fit. Good luck to the lad.

  2. Woodgate is class but we had to let him go.he left us under the impression that we had another good CB,but we didn’t since he could not get on the pitch for us. All of the best for Woody,but spurs had to move on.

  3. Harry Redknapp’s excuse for selling Woodgate is implausible. How is it: (a) Stoke City’s insurance apparently covers him training with team mates, and; (b) they have got him fit in two weeks, which is something the Spurs fitness coach could not achieve in two years!

    In any case, Ledley King apparently never trains with his team mates. Judging by his performance against Liverpool, it has not done him any harm!

    The next thing we’ll be hearing from Harry is we will be needing a new defender in the January transfer window!

    Please think before you speak, Harry!

    Ian.

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