Ledley King is, and always will be a legend at White Hart Lane in my opinion. In the past ten years he has been one of this country’s best centre halves, but if Spurs are to move forward and challenge for trophies consistently is it time for the King to relinquish his throne?
Don’t get me wrong I am a massive fan of Ledley and believe he is leader both on and off the field. If not for his knee problems he would have undoubtedly played a lot more for England and could have easily challenged John Terry and Rio Ferdinand for a place in the centre half spot. I will never forget his performance at the heart of the defence for England against France in the opening match of Euro 2004. He was a colossus and has been on numerous occasions for Tottenham over the years.
Ledley King still has a part to play for Spurs in the next couple of seasons and if I were Redknapp I would definitely hand him a new two year contract, but if Spurs are to challenge for honours in all competitions then surely we need a settled centre half pairing.
Younes Kaboul has stepped up to the plate this season and has been a rock at the back, finally showing maturity and awareness in his play. Michael Dawson, like King, has been a loyal servant to the club and is an England international, so why not pair him with Kaboul for next season? If injury hits then we have a more than able deputy in Ledley to come in and shine. Ledley’s injury problems will always make it difficult for us to have a settled back four and Kaboul and Dawson are competent enough to play at the heart of defence and deserve their chance to prove they can be the rocks to help take us forward.
Ledley King still has a big part to play in our future, but maybe it is time for him to pass the baton to one of the potential kings waiting in the background.