With Ledley King’s latest injury, it seems obvious to most Spurs fans that a central defender is a priority when the transfer window opens again in January. However, that view is at odds with Harry Redknapp’s latest comments after the draw at Newcastle.
Asked if he would go back in for Gary Cahill, Harry said: “I’m not looking to strengthen in defence, really. We are strong in defence. We have Dawson, King, Gallas, Kaboul and Bassong.
“I went for Cahill because at the time I couldn’t see Ledley being fit and because William Gallas had a calf strain.”
The suggestion is fine if everyone is fit and happy but three of those five are currently injured, following a similar scenario last season, while Bassong had this to say about his future,
“I know they have to look after themselves, but I have to look after myself and my career. If I don’t play, I want to move, be that QPR or somewhere else. I now just want to play.”
So is Harry right in his assessment? Maybe it’s just bluff from the manager, but it seems that a new centre half is just as much a priority as a new striker this winter.