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Jamie Redknapp: The new Gareth Bale, with a licence to thrill

On the ball: The new Bale, with a licence to thrill

Gareth Bale

We are seeing an evolving Gareth Bale (right). We”ve seen him play out-and-out wide left, but my dad thinks he”s got more to offer. Gary Speed played him in other areas for Wales and Gareth enjoyed that. His two goals last night came through central areas. When you are as good as Bale, you can play anywhere. He is world class. Why would you stick him out on the left where teams double up on him He is good enough to go looking for the ball. When he advances through the middle, it”s harder to mark him and he”s harder to stop.

Brazil star has all the power

Sandro has had to be patient for his chances this season with Scott Parker in such outstanding form. He hurt his knee playing for Brazil in the summer and then found himself out of the Spurs side. He”s a powerhouse of a player who is suited to the English game. He cuts out danger, gets around the pitch and could even play at centre half. He”s tall, quick and strong, and will be a regular for his country. Spurs need to give him regular games. As last night showed, Parker, Luka Modric and Sandro work so well together.

Thwarted: Jonas Olsson denies David Silva

Where are the midfield goals

Strange to see so few midfielders in the top scorers” list. Frank Lampard has seven and Clint Dempsey (who can also play as an attacker) has six, but that”s it. Luka Modric has only one! Modern midfielders are rotated and expected to keep the shape for attackers such as David Silva (right) and Rafael van der Vaart. Gareth Bale (who has seven) isn”t included in this because he now has to be considered as an attacker too.

Slick Mick hoping for better days

Wolves should not be scrapping in among the relegation battlers. They are better than that, as they proved at Arsenal yesterday. When you look through the quality in their team, including goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, they should be heading towards the top half. Surely they must go on a run soon to show what they have got. With a decent centre forward like Steven Fletcher scoring regularly, they shouldn”t lose as often as they do. Mick McCarthy must tear his hair out.

Leon Britton

Little Britton a real star of the show

Leon Britton (right) has played in every division for Swansea since my dad let him go from West Ham. His pass completion is sensational (94.1 per cent), even when it is congested in central midfield. He is an example of how the game has changed; 10 years ago he would have been crushed by midfield monsters, but when he has the ball at his feet, he is a giant himself. Brendan Rodgers seems to trust him to control the tempo on the pitch and he makes them tick. I like watching him play and I like watching Swansea play.

Mackie is back in the groove for Warnock

It”s been a long way back for Jamie Mackie, after the terrible break he suffered at Blackburn last season. He”s a bright spark in the QPR team and popular with Neil Warnock. The QPR team have changed a lot since he was injured mid-way through last season and they now have money to spend on players. But he continues to prove his value to the team and scored an important goal at Swansea to end a run of three successive defeats. I”m pleased for him.

John Terry watch: Tottenham v Chelsea

John Terry watch: Chelsea skipper makes up for early slip with goal-saving clearance

1 min

John Terry was booed by Spurs fans in the pre-match warm up and when his name was announced on the tannoy. His first touch was not a good one. He puts Raul Meireles in trouble with a short pass which Scott Parker gobbles up.

Line of fire: John Terry leads the team out for the pre-match warm-up

Line of fire: John Terry leads the team out for the pre-match warm-up

3 mins

Another moment to forget as Gareth Bale speeds past him on the edge of the box before getting in a shot which is well saved by Petr Cech. Is his mind preoccupied He redeems himself with an excellent clearance to deny Adebayor.

Leader: Terry directs operations

Leader: Chelsea skipper Terry directs operations

9 mins

Things go from bad to worse for Terry, he loses Adebayor as Bale steams down the left-hand side. The winger finds Adebayor who bundles home to put the home side 1-0 up. Terry will be disappointed with his marking for goal.

Net gains: Terry helpless as Adebayor beats Cech to put Tottenham ahead

Costly error: Terry helpless as Adebayor beats Cech to put Spurs ahead

27 mins

Terry makes a vital interception to deny Adebayor after Rafa van der Vaart”s flick. Terry seems to have settled down as Chelsea score a 23rd minute equaliser. Still booed every time he touches the ball.

Helping hand: Terry consoles team-mate John Mikel Obi as he goes off injured

Helping hand: Terry consoles team-mate John Mikel Obi as he goes off injured

54 mins

The fairytale nearly comes true. Terry rises highest in the box to meet Meireles” inswinging corner. His header looks destined to drop just inside the far post but bounces just wide. Now that would have been the perfect way to hit back at Spurs fans.

Scare: Terry goes down clutching his knee

Scare: Terry goes down clutching his knee

76 mins

AMassive scare for Terry after falls to the deck clutching his ankle after Adebayor”s clumsy tackle. It does not look good at this moment forthe Chelsea skipper but he gingerly gets to his feet to see out the rest of the game. You can question Terry over a lot of things, but not his commitment to the cause.

Captain fantastic: Terry blocks a goal-bound effort from Adebayor

Captain fantastic: Terry blocks a goal-bound effort from Adebayor

90 mins

Gets a crucial touch to prevent Adebayor winning the game for Spurs after the striker”s shot beats keeper Cech. Game finishes 1-1.

John Terry of Chelsea John Terry gives his shirt to supporter at end of game

Good guy: Terry salutes Chelsea supporters (left) and hands shirt to a Tottenham fan (right)

Harry Redknapp wants Roman Pavlyuchenko to stay at Tottenham

I want Pav to stay, says Redknapp after unsettled striker nets winner against Sunderland

Harry Redknapp insists he does not want Roman Pavlyuchenko to leave Tottenham in January after watching the Russian fire his team to victory over Sunderland at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham failed to test Sunderland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood in a dull first half, but they sprung to life just after the hour when substitute Pavlyuchenko latched on to Rafael van der Vaart”s reverse pass and fired home a powerful low drive.

It was an exquisite finish from the 30-year-old, but he would not have even been on the pitch had it not been for the suspected hamstring tear which caused Aaron Lennon to be brought off in the first half.

Winner: Roman Pavlyuchenko scored the only goal of the game

Winner: Roman Pavlyuchenko scored the only goal of the game

Indeed, the striker may not have been in the Spurs matchday squad had Jermain Defoe not been ruled out prior to kick-off with a hamstring problem.

Pavlyuchenko has voiced his desire to leave White Hart Lane on a number of occasions this season after the arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor and the form of Rafael van der Vaart saw him drop down the pecking order at the north London club.

Redknapp admits he may struggle to keep Pavlyuchenko happy, but insists he will try to hang on to the Russian if he can.

“He”s a fantastic player. He”s got real talent. He”s got great ability, I think. He”s got a good left foot, a good right foot and is a great finisher,” Redknapp said.

“He”s top drawer but he”s just been unlucky. He didn”t start the season great. He hasn”t really shown the form that he”s capable of so he”s slipped down the pecking order a bit.

“It”s difficult. Some people are going to be upset they”re not in the team.

Unsettled: Pavlyuchenko has expressed his desire for more regular first team football

Unsettled: Pavlyuchenko has expressed his desire for more regular first team football

“Today I lost a wide man but I thought I”d change it and if you want someone to score he”s always likely to. I want to keep all four (strikers). You need them all.”

Tottenham looked out of sorts in the opening half and rarely played the kind of football that had seen them go on an 11-match unbeaten run recently.

They missed the presence of Gareth Bale, who was absent with a foot injury, and Lennon”s withdrawal deprived the Londoners of the usual pace and penetration down the flanks.

Lennon will miss Thursday”s London derby against top-four rivals Chelsea while Bale is a doubt for the game.

“Lennon felt the hamstring tear. He”s got no chance for Thursday,” Redknapp said.

“It”ll be weeks, if it”s a tear.

Torn: Lennon injured his hamstring

Torn: Lennon injured his hamstring

“We”ll see about Bale. He”s sprained his ankle. He just did it in training.

“There”s every chance Defoe will be fit.”

Sunderland are now within one point of the relegation zone after the defeat which was harsh on the Wearsiders, who frustrated Spurs for large parts of the game.

Brad Friedel saved superbly from Sebastian Larsson and Kieran Richardson, and the former Manchester United winger was guilty of missing a gilt-edged opportunity to give the Black Cats the lead in the first half.

Sunderland manager Martin O”Neill was happy with his team”s efforts in his second game in charge.

“I didn”t think any player wearing a Sunderland shirt today downed tools,” O”Neill said.

Satisfied: Martin O

Satisfied: Martin O”Neill was pleased with the efforts of his players

“I saw an effort. It was a little bit misguided at times, but these are the things we have to rectify. Getting goals is difficult.

“I as disappointed to lose the game but I couldn”t ask for much more in terms of effort.

“There were certainly a lot of things I felt were pretty good about us and we certainly never gave up.

“We were euphoric last week having won the game (against Blackburn), but tasted defeat today against a really fine Tottenham side.”

O”Neill, whose team take on QPR on Wednesday, had to withdraw 18-year-old striker Connor Wickham at half-time through injury.

The former Leicester boss played down fears the striker, who recently recovered from a serious knee injury, is facing another spell on the sidelines, however.

“I think Connor”s going to be okay,” O”Neill said.

Harry Redknapp won"t face UEFA charge

Redknapp off the hook from UEFA… but Defoe won”t be so easy on him over selection

Harry Redknapp has escaped UEFA punishment for his angry gesture in Dublin on Thursday but Jermain Defoe has given the Tottenham manager a fresh headache after demanding to start more often or be allowed to go.

Redknapp reacted to Shamrock Rovers fans taunting him about his pending trial during Thursday’s 4-0 win with a clenched-fist gesture.

But UEFA have confirmed he will not face disciplinary action after referee Stephan Studer made no mention of it in his report. A lack of footage capturing the incident contributed to UEFA’s decision.

Hard to take: Harry Redknapp was given a tough time by Shamrock Rovers fans

Hard to take: Harry Redknapp was given a tough time by Shamrock Rovers fans

However, as one problem receded, Redknapp was told by Defoe either to play him or let him leave next month. The England striker has spent a large portion of this season on the bench, with Redknapp preferring the combination of Emmanuel Adebayorand Rafa van der Vaart up front.

Nevertheless, Defoe has scored nine goals and feels he warrants a regular starting role.

And Defoe has warned Redknapp he is not prepared to sit on the bench for much longer — particularly with Euro 2012 round the corner.

Easy: Jermain Defoe scored in Spurs

Easy: Jermain Defoe scored in Spurs” 4-0 win – but they still crashed out of Europe

He said: ‘I think it is well documented that I have been in the team, scored goals, and then been taken out of the team. Why, I don’t know.

‘It is hard to explain the feeling when you are starting games, scoring, the team are winning and you are not playing in the next game.

‘I need to play football, it’s as simple as that. There is a tournament in the summer. I did a lot of worklast summer to get to this position and I am not going to waste it by sitting on the bench when I know I should be playing.

‘If I was 21 I could sit on my hands. But I am 29 and I just want to play football every week.’

Stoke v Tottenham live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Stoke v Tottenham – follow the action from the Britannia Stadium as it happens

Follow Sportsmail”s coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Sunday”s action concludes at the Britannia Stadium where Stoke host Tottenham. The Potters look like they are back on form following consecutive wins but face a Spurs side that have won 10 of their last 11 games. Email me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on twitter @Ripinho.

Stoke v Tottenham (4pm)

Stoke: Sorensen, Huth, Woodgate, Shawcross, Wilson, Shotton, Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Begovic, Jones, Fuller, Upson, Delap, Jerome, Palacios.

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor.
Subs: Gomes, Giovani, Defoe, Bassong, Corluka, Sandro, Pienaar.

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

15.51: Rafael van der Vaart returns to the Tottenham starting line-up as Harry Redknapp”s seeks a seventh successive Barclays Premier League win against Stoke today.

The Dutchman takes the place of Jermain Defoe, who drops to the bench, in the only change to a Spurs side which had also gone 11 games unbeaten.

Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, who went off after suffering mild concussion last week, is fit to play in an unchanged side which features three former Spurs players in Jonathan Woodgate, Matthew Etherington and Peter Crouch.

15.48: Three Spurs old boys in the Stoke starting line-up. Peter Crouch to score from a Matthew Etherington cross anyone

15.45: Full line-ups at the Britannia Stadium:

Stoke v Tottenham
Stoke: Sorensen, Huth, Woodgate, Shawcross, Wilson, Shotton, Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington, Walters, Crouch. Subs: Begovic, Jones, Fuller, Upson, Delap, Jerome, Palacios.

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor. Subs: Gomes, Giovani, Defoe, Bassong, Corluka, Sandro, Pienaar.

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

15.40: So how can Stoke and Tottenham follow that It”s a wet and windy afternoon at the Britannia Satdium so I at least predict this encounter to be a close one. Team news coming up.

Out to haunt: Peter Crouch (centre) will hope to inflict defeat on his former club

Out to haunt: Peter Crouch (centre) will hope to inflict defeat on his former club

Harry Redknapp in no rush to sell Roman Pavlyucenko

Redknapp in no hurry to sell wantaway striker Pavlyuchenko in January

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp insists he will not let Roman Pavlyuchenko leave the club next month unless he has already lined up a suitable replacement for the Russia striker.

This week Lokomotiv Moscow were the latest in a long line of clubs to be linked with Pavlyuchenko, who wants to leave White Hart Lane in order to boost his chances of playing for his country at Euro 2012.

The arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor, and the excellent form of Rafael van der Vaart and Jermain Defoe, has meant Pavlyuchenko is yet to start a Barclays Premier League game this term.

Left in the cold: Roman Pavlyuchenko has struggled to make an impact

Left in the cold: Roman Pavlyuchenko has struggled to make an impact

The 29-year-old has played most of his matches in the Europa League but, with Spurs now on the brink of elimination from the competition, the forward”s chances of getting more game time to persuade national coach Dick Advocaat that he merits a place in Russia”s Euro 2012 squad are receding by the day.

Several clubs could bid for Pavlyuchenko when the transfer window opens in January, but Redknapp does not want to damage his side”s chances of a top-four finish by leaving himself short of strikers.

Redknapp said: “If we let Pav go we”d leave ourselves short.

“If he decides he wants to go and the club get a good offer then we”ve got to be ready to replace him from somewhere.”

Spurs have been linked with a number of strikers in recent months, including Chelsea”s Didier Drogba, his transfer-listed team-mate Nicolas Anelka, and Brazil international Leandro Damiao.

Target: Gary Cahill (right) could be heading to Tottenham in January

Target: Gary Cahill (right) could be heading to Tottenham in January

Redknapp also hinted that he would launch a new bid for Bolton and England centre-half Gary Cahill last week, but the Spurs boss denies that he has given chairman Daniel Levy a January wish-list.

“We (Redknapp and Levy) talk about players all the time, but I couldn”t sit here and say we”ve got targets. We haven”t,” the 64-year-old said.

Redknapp faces a big dilemma about who to play up front alongside Adebayor at Stoke on Sunday.

Van der Vaart”s stellar displays were key in helping Tottenham turn around their season, but Defoe has prospered in the Dutchman”s recent absence through injury, scoring in successive games.

Defoe missed training with a minor hamstring problem, but should be fit, leaving Redknapp with a tough, but pleasant call to make.

“It”s a nice problem to have,” he said. “They have both been scoring when they have played.

Flying: Jermain Defoe has been in fine form for Tottenham recently

Flying: Jermain Defoe has been in fine form for Tottenham recently

“Rafa was in great form, scoring lots and every time Jermain has played he has scored.

“Whoever has come in has come in has done well and the team has been playing well.”

Whoever does play up front, they are likely to come up against former Spurs centre-half Jonathan Woodgate.

Woodgate made just 65 appearances for Tottenham during his three-and-a-half-year spell with the club thanks to a series of serious injuries.

Redknapp regularly spoke of Woodgate as one of the best centre-backs in the country when fit, but a groin problem meant the defender was only able to play once in his last 15 months at Tottenham, and he was released in the summer.

Move: Jonathan Woodgate (left) Spurs in the summer to join Stoke

Move: Jonathan Woodgate (left) Spurs in the summer to join Stoke

“I was sorry to lose him,” Redknapp said. “But you can understand the club”s point of view. You”re paying his wages every week but he had barely kicked a ball all year.

“If it would have been same this year it would have been a nightmare so I couldn”t argue that we shouldn”t release him.

“I”m glad he is playing. I was hoping that he would go and do well somewhere because he is a fantastic fella. You wouldn”t meet a better player than Woody.

“He is a top player when he is fit.”

Spurs will move six points clear of Chelsea with a victory and they also have the chance to break a couple of records.

Avoiding defeat will mean they have gone 12 league matches unbeaten for the first time in the Premier League era, and a win will see them record seven straight victories for the first time since 1967.

Jermain Defoe will be part of England"s Euro 2012 plans, says Younes Kaboul

Defoe will be part of England”s Euro 2012 plans, insists Kaboul

Younes Kaboul is baffled by Jermain Defoe”s recent omission from the England squad and has backed his Tottenham team-mate to force his way into Fabio Capello”s Euro 2012 plans.

Defoe was left out of the squad for the recent games against Spain, Sweden and Montenegro and has not played a competitive match for his country in 15 months.

The 29-year-old has struggled to break into the Tottenham first team at times this year, but has looked sharp all season and is the club”s top scorer with eight goals in all competitions.

Eye for goal: Jermain Defoe scores for England against Slovenia at the World Cup in South Africa last year

Eye for goal: Jermain Defoe scores for England against Slovenia at the World Cup in South Africa last year

Defoe has benefited recently from the absence of Rafael van der Vaart, scoring in two successive games while the Dutchman makes his way back from a hamstring injury.

Spurs and France centre-half Kaboul has been impressed with Defoe”s form this year and thinks he could end up facing his team-mate when England meet Les Bleus in Group D”s opening game next summer.

“Of course Jermain can get in (the England team),” Kaboul said. “I”m surprised he wasn”t picked in the last squad.

“Everyone knows Jermain. Every time he plays he scores, especially for England.

“Every time I have seen him play for England he has scored at least one goal. He”s got a good average with his national team. If I was the manager I would play him straight away.”

Spurs currently sit third in the Barclays Premier League after picking up 10 wins and a draw in their last 11 matches.

Confidence is so high within the Tottenham camp that Defoe has vowed to give 3,000 to charity if his team finish below their north London rivals Arsenal.

The striker made the pledge in response to Jack Wilshere”s vow that he would donate the same amount if Arsenal failed to finish above Tottenham.

The injured Gunners midfielder, who has watched his team turn around their season after a dismal start, raised the stakes in the bet today, telling talkSPORT: “I”ve thought about it and I”m going to raise it to 5000. I think Tottenham are due a bad patch and I think on this good run I can see us winning every game.”

Spurs looked destined for a long season after opening their campaign with defeats at the hands of both Manchester clubs.

Happy days: Defoe celebrates a recent goal at West Brom

Happy days: Defoe celebrates a recent goal at West Brom

However, they have not looked back since, with their remarkable 11-match run including wins over Arsenal, Liverpool and Aston Villa.

Kaboul has played a huge role, providing stellar leadership at the back alongside Ledley King. But he has warned his team-mates that any complacency could cost them dearly come the end of the season.

“It”s a great achievement of course, but me and the lads are not looking at where we are now, we”re looking at May,” he said.

“The most important thing is to see what”s going to happen at the end of the season.

“If we”re second or third now and then we finish fifth or sixth in May then it will be disappointing for us, so we”ll concentrate and focus on winning every game now.”

Next up is a tricky away fixture at Stoke, where Kaboul is likely to come face to face with Peter Crouch, who left White Hart Lane this summer.

“It”s always nice to play against players that you”ve played with and he”s going to be very tough for us on Sunday, but we have to go there and take the three points,” Kaboul added.

“Everyone knows Crouchy is a great player, especially in the air, so we”re going to have to be aware of that.

“I”m looking forward to playing against him. I”ve got his number. I”ll send him a message this week to tell him not to jump so high.